Here’s a riddle: How could we have visited Hawaii before, but never been to Hawaii? Answer: On other trips to the state of Hawaii we visited the islands of Kauai and Oahu, but this time we are on the Big Island, which has the official name of Hawaii. We’re spending four days in Kona on the west and four days in Hilo on the east.
This island is rather big, both in diameter and in elevation. We drove north along the western coast and had views in one direction of beautiful blue seas…
and in the inland mountain (mauka) direction we saw snow-capped Mauna Kea. At 13,803 feet above sea level, it’s the tallest mountain in the world (because its base is 20,000 feet below sea level). People are snowboarding at the top this week, although the peak has warmed to 37F so snow is melting.
We found kaus.
We found beaches.
We found beach bums.
We found lava, not the fresh stuff that is threatening parts of the island, but rock that is many years old, but now supporting plenty of plant life.
We found beautiful flowers.
We found hibiscus like we had in St. Thomas decades ago when we became engaged.
Finally we found a quiet cove for snorkeling…
and the home of Kona beer
The end of a lovely first day
And we have much, much more to come!