Hilo, Hawaii – Day 6 and Day 7

Day 6 – 23rd January, Saturday

Checking out of Mauna Lani Bay

Packed and bid goodbye to the 5-star luxury life.

Next stop: Road trip around Big Island!IMG_3289First stop: Renting a car!

Everything went smoothly and we were on our way to Hilo at 11:15am. There were 2 ways to Hilo town – through Wimea or the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe decided to take the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (because it was shorter in terms of distance), through Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

IMG_3297The drive was also quite scenic as the highway is in between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (there is a viewing point where you can see yourself in between!). These are 2 of the 5 volcanoes that make up the island of Hawai’i.

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*Did you know: Hawaii is pronounced and written as Hawai’i*

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As we could not check-in to our hotel yet, we drove straight to Rainbow Falls.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe Wailuku River plunges 80ft in front of a natural lava cave to create the falls.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetToo pretty.

IMG_3318Jump shot on the trails along the waterfall.

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IMG_3328Just a really nice looking tree. 😀

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIce Cream at Rainbow Falls on a rainbow table.

IMG_3338Hey there.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe stopped for lunch in Hilo town at this place called Bear’s Cafe. Highly recommended! Good homemade FRESH food at VERY reasonable prices! The tuna wrap was SO GOOD!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAngus beef burger at $6.95?! Trust me, you cannot get this price anywhere else!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTahitian Vanilla and Green Tea.

Around 3pm, we checked into our hotel – Hilo Reeds Bay. We spent the rest of the day exploring Hilo town.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPINEAPPLES!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGiant avocados.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTropical fruits!

Bought some fresh fruits at the market, snacks and drinks for our trip the next day!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’m such a sucker for animal biscuits!

In the evening, I went for a nice cool walk along Banyan Drive (the road just outside our hotel).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSaw this little shop that had ICE CREAM! When it comes to ice cream, you can never have too many. Quick blueberry muffin and ice cream stop before strolling back to the hotel.


Day 7 – 24th January, Sunday

I woke up before the sun was up to put in a semi-long run along the Hamakua coast. Will blog about it in detail in another post!

I was feeling very sleep deprived before my run but I knew that I would feel so much better after! And I did!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetRoad trippin’, Maui style (although we were on Big Island)!

Came back to the hotel and it was time to get ready for our journey up North! We wanted to get an early start to cover whatever we had planned.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGreen apples wherever I’m at!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBear’s cafe was so good, we had to go back! Had the Salmon wrap this time. We also packed coffee from Shark’s cafe for the road.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetStopped for this view!

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First stop: Akaka Falls

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Akaka Falls was named after chief ‘Akaka-o-ka-ni’au-pi’o-i-ka-wao. There are many ancient stories (like all the other places) associated with this waterfall.

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It was a 700m loop trail to see Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls.IMG_4407

Recorded it with the FR 235. 😀 You can see the waterfall!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAkaka Falls is the highest free-falling waterfall in Hawai’i. Kolekole stream drops 442ft from the gulch.

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Kahuna Falls is a cascading waterfall and plunges 300ft into Kolekole stream. Kolekole stream cuts a deep and narrow gorge into the ash and basalt of Mauna Kea.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter Akaka Falls, we drove 45mins up North to Waipi’o Valley – the valley of the Kings. It is actually privately owned and they plant a lot of taro, rice and sugar!

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IMG_3502 We might have joked about it.

We were not allowed into the valley due to a dengue outbreak! The valley was huge but we could only see part of it. You can Google to see the full valley. Pretty spectacular!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOn the way back, we stopped at Honokaa for coffee and ice cream. It was a Sunday, so majority of the shops were closed!

IMG_3548Spotted a painted church on the way back!

IMG_3550Just a quaint little Catholic church with colourful murals and stained glass windows.

We drove straight back to our hotel – Hilo Reeds Bay. We pumped petrol and bought some snacks along the way. We still had daylight and time to kill so we took a drive ALL THE WAY down South (highway 130) to check out the black sand beach.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWell, it WAS black but definitely not a sand beach anymore. It was just hardened lava forming a cliff. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe island’s landscape is ever changing.

IMG_3557We were told that we could see the lava flow through the highway but it no longer exists (it was just months ago).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThere was nothing much to see there. If you ever come to Big Island, you can give this one a miss.

It was around 5-ish. On the way back, we stopped at Walmart to pick up some food and drinks for our journey to the Volcano Park the next day.

We were cracking our heads on what to eat for dinner and then we came across Ken’s House of Pancakes that was opened 24 hours!

IMG_3564The place was packed! It was a typical American Diner with HUGE hamburgers, sandwiches and PANCAKES! There was something called the Sumo and trust me, the pancakes were bigger than my face.

That’s the end of Day 6 and 7.

Next up, VOLCANO PARK! The highlight of my trip!

Stay tuned!

xoxo

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