Day 6 – 23rd January, Saturday
Checking out of Mauna Lani Bay
Packed and bid goodbye to the 5-star luxury life.
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.
The 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.
*Did you know: Hawaii is pronounced and written as Hawai’i*
As we could not check-in to our hotel yet, we drove straight to Rainbow Falls.
Around 3pm, we checked into our hotel – Hilo Reeds Bay. We spent the rest of the day exploring Hilo town.
Bought some fresh fruits at the market, snacks and drinks for our trip the next day!
In the evening, I went for a nice cool walk along Banyan Drive (the road just outside our 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!
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.
First stop: Akaka Falls
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.
Recorded it with the FR 235. 😀 You can see the waterfall!
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.
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!
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.
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!
That’s the end of Day 6 and 7.
Next up, VOLCANO PARK! The highlight of my trip!