No, we didn't. I asked if they wanted to stop but I think everyone wanted to get to the Volcano.
We still have tomorrow with no plans so we'll see.
We did a Trilogy tour there years ago. Only half the group was up for the Manta Ray Snorkel. We leave here in a little bit for that.My thoughts on our West Side beaches:
1) Want a really nice black sand beach? The kind of place where movies are shot and instagram photos are taken? Punaluʻu all the way.
2) Want a mellow beach? The kind of place where 1970s rock stars own beach bungalows and smoke funny cigarettes, barbecue and it's basically described as "chill?" Ho'okena beach for the win.
3) Want easy-in/easy-out snorkeling to see wildlife? Two-Step. Wave at the farm on your way down.
My favorite of all is Kealakekua Bay. But there's no beach. It's strictly snorkeling. And the reason my farm is so close to the bay is because I set up my search to exclude everything more than a mile away from the trailhead. But it's a steep two-mile walk. (Or do one of the "we sail you to the bay" trips.)
They were talking about this while we were there. Our pass is good through our stay so if something happens we can return.You may have an opportunity to see lava before the end of the week
Seismicity remains elevated, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and unusual activity has been noted along Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone or Southwest Rift Zone.bigislandnow.com
Last time we were on the BI we actually went down into the Crater by the Visitor Center. They did a guided Hike about once a month. Then we drove around and did the 4 mile hike (each way) to see the Lava flow into the Ocean at night. We spent a week at a timeshare that was only a short walk to the Black Sand Beach. We also spent a week at Paniolo Greens.
Pu'uhonua O'Honaunau - Place of Refuge - Two StepIsn't this near 2 Step?
How many miles is a lot of miles ?We are at the Kona airport now. Just got through TSA. Only 2 people in the Pre-Check line. The regular line was outside of the ropes but moving steadily.
We board in less than an hour. Hertz was great and the SUV we had was large comfortable and great on gas. We put on a lot of miles. That is by far, tge most I have driven in years. I always say that The Big Island is big.
It was a great trip with many highlights. Seeing old friends for the first time in 4 years was awesome and we picked up right where we left off. We always travel well together. They have been to all the major islands now and Kauai is their favorite. We go back to the mainland for our first visit in 5 years next summer. During that visit we will plan for them to return to Kauai and Molokai.
We have a short hour layover on Maui and then the quick Mokulele flight home. It always feels good to get home.
Kim has surgery this week on Maui to have some Kidney Stones removed. We leave in 05-31-23 and return on 06-01-23.
Then she has her eye surgery to reattach her Cataract lense in Oahu. She has to be there for 3 days so we are making it a mini return home trip. We get there on 06-16-23 and come home on 06-21-23.
She has a pre-op appointment on 06-19, then the surgery on 06-20 and a post-op appointment on 06-21. All those are short appointments so we will be able to enjoy the old neighborhood for a while.
After that we both agree that we will be happy to stay home on our little island until we visit the mainland next summer.
400 in a week.Just over 400.
I say it's a lot for me. We live on Molokai and it's only 35 miles wide.and 10 miles deep. So I haven't driven near that much in a week in years. I didn't drive that much on Oahu either.400 in a week.
So, a lot for 2 weeks would be 800 miles but we drove 1,200 miles in 2 weeks when we went to Big Island and this may explain the surprise of the guy at the rental car return area when he checked the mileage on the car.
Have a nice safe flight and not like this one in Korea yesterday https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/26/asia/south-korea-plane-door-opens-midair-intl-hnk/index.html