The Big Island was the first stop on our Hawaii vacation. We stayed at the Fairmont Orchid, and I can not say enough good things about this place and their staff!! They even have this perfect (man made) lagoon where we laid out every morning and where I learned how to paddle board! Our second day on Big Island we drove to Volcano National Park, this was about a 3.5 hour drive. Volcano National Park was beautiful, we hiked over old lava flows, checked out pit craters, went through a lava tube, and saw steam coming off the active volcano. The only downside was that there was no flowing lava that you could hike to or see via a boat. We also stopped at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach which was beautiful and we saw a beached turtle! In retrospect our return trip should have been through Hilo and thus seeing both Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls in the same day.
Our favorite eats would include Sansei, where we had sushi and Upcountry Veggie Pasta- delicious! Our other sushi recommendation would be Norio's at the Fairmont Orchid, with their fabulous array of yummy sushi. On our way to Volcano National Park we ate at Kaiwe Kitchen, where we had delicious wood fired pizza. This is right next to a general store, which is perfect, if you need to stalk up on goodies for your drive.
|on the drive to Volcano National Park|
|Volcano National Park- steam from the crater|
|Punalu'u Black Sand Beach|
|Thurston Lava Tube|
|Our first sunset in Hawaii!|
|the Mister chillin in the lagoon|
|road to Hilo, no editing, it just really is that beautiful|
|Hapuna Beach State Park|