Welcome to Hilo; the home of Volcanoes National Park and that was our first stop of the day after debarking from the ship. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema’uma’u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.
We all really enjoyed exploring Volcanoes National Park. It was exciting to see an active volcano and go through the lava tube.
Mr. Pineapple guy was our mascot for this trip and he enjoyed being along for the ride.
Here’s a road shown below that has had parts covered by lava several times due to eruptions of the Kīlauea volcano.
Our next stop was the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center. For over thirty years the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has brought delicious macadamia nuts roasted to golden perfection. You can visit the factory, enjoy free samples and shop for a delightful array of island treats and gifts including the exclusive selection of MAUNA LOA products found nowhere else. It was a fun stop.
We then really all wanted to see one of the beaches that has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. It was quite a ride to get to one of them, but we finally found one and it was worth the drive.
We had a great day exploring Hilo and spent the evening on the back deck of the ship enjoying this spectacular sunset.
Please come back next week as we go to our next port of call; Kona!