Here we go for part two of Kona, Hawaii.
After checking out the volcano we went back down Crater Rim Drive to the Kilauea trail. We did short hike along the rim through the rainforest.
Hello Jurassic Park.
After the hike we were off to the Chain of Craters Road. The drive down was amazing with lots of old black lava flows to gawk at. At the end of the road there is a large coastal arch and then a 15 minute walk to where the lava flow took over the old road.
Of course there was a rainbow. At some point I will gather all my Hawaii rainbow photos into one blog post. I swear that we saw at least 2 rainbows per day.
It was so eerie to see where the lava flow took over the old road.
After enjoying the view for a bit we headed back to the Jaggar museum to catch the glow of the eruption at night.
It was 11pm by the time we got home and we all crashed.
Our next Kona day was a classic relax and beach day.
In the morning I wandered about from our rental.
Our beach of choice today was Hapuna Beach. This was a popular beach with a huge parking lot. It was a great baby beach as my nephew demonstrated and the kids got to body surf and soak up some much needed sunshine.
The following day we finally got around to trying the famous Hawaii shave ice. Our spot of choice was the cute and friendly, Scandinavian Shave Ice shop.
The best part of the Hawaii shave ice is the ice cream in the middle! They will also do a drizzle on top which we think is something like condensed sweetened milk. Sadie wants to open her own shop in Syracuse…
The rest of our time in Hawaii was spent eating more shave ice, checking out the Kona Brewery, trying poke at a cute spot called Bite Me (spiced raw ahi tuna) and visiting one more beach which was my favorite of the bunch.
The best part of our Hawaii vacation was spending time with this happy guy.
Too bad we didn’t find this spot until our last night.
Of course I can’t remember the name of my favorite Kona beach. It was near the airport and not that easy to get to. You had to drive down a long and bumpy road, barely find parking, and then hike over rocks until the amazing beach appears. There you have perfect sand, trees for shade and no crowds.
Our hangout view.
Uncle Eric being fun.
This gives you an idea of the “facilities” available at this beach–again no frilly drinks.
The rocky walk back to the car.
Next up–more Hawaii, but a different island.
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And if you are curious we are still without luggage at this point in our trip.