11 Jun

Hawai’i Weekend

So the weekend after we were on Kauai, we turned around and went to the Big Island of Hawai’i. It was supposed to be the kids and hubby meeting me there after four days at Quilt Hawaii, but I got the month wrong. With time off of work, we decided to go anyway and check out all things lava.

We stayed at Kilauea Military Camp in Volcanoes National Park. If you are military, this is the way to go. The beds sucked, as did the restaurant on site, but staying in a cabin with a full kitchen and two rooms was way better than a cramped hotel room. ¬†We cooked some meals at “home” and went out for others and it worked great. Besides, we were literally steps from this:

And from the Jaggar museum at night, you could see that steam glow just like a witch’s cauldron. Although the volcano has been erupting for something like 26 years and it is currently spewing ash from this crater and lava from a lava tube outside the park, there was absolutely nothing going on the weekend we were there. We had taken the plunge and booked a lava boat tour as it was the best way to see lava, but there was nothing at water’s edge on our day. We did get to see some wonderfully weird cooled lava formations though.

The tour guys were very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic, so it was a good trip even without the red hot stuff. We learned all about lava tubes and then found a collapsed one to explore in nearby MacKenzie State park:

We also visited Thurston Lava Tube back in Volcanoes NP. The kids and I walked through it while on our inter-island cruise last summer and were very excited to share the experience with daddy.

Weird shapes abound:

The lava makes a great palette too. We drove down Chain of Craters Road to the petroglyph field. Everything along the way was amazing.

There was a honu (sea turtle) on the black sand beach too. Actually, there were quite a few — one basking and several swimming.

Honu wasn’t the only one who basked.

All in all, it was a fun weekend and great to explore more of our surroundings. For teh curious, there’s more photos on Flickr.