It was time for Melissa and Bill to arrive so we headed off to the airport to pick them up. Of course it would be pouring down rain to welcome them. Nonetheless they arrived excited to be in Hawaii ( a bit jet lagged ) but excited. We headed downtown to grab something to eat first then back to Teacher Gerald house.
Our first day out with Bill & Mel was of course the Black sand beach and that amazing bakery ( Mel has a sweet tooth just like Johnny ) it was a beautiful day and just another amazing drive.
Whittington Beach Park has a broken-down pier that is from 1883 when sugar was the major crop throughout the island and the surrounding areas around Whittington. The pier was created at the time to act as a loading place for ships to fill their holds with a harvest. In the 1930s when transportation became more modern trucks started hauling the cane and ultimately became more efficient. The total demise of the pier came with the 1946 tsunami. The bare bones of the pier still exist with a reminder of the heyday of sugar in a previous incarnation of the area.
After a great day sightseeing we heading back to Teacher Gerald & Annie place to do some grilling and some Kalisik style drinking. Johnny Boy & Teacher Gerald did not disappoint. We saw the puppet, the claw and a few other antics from the brothers. A great night to spend with family & friends. It doesn’t get much better than this.
There really isn’t anything I can say about the above video….it says it all…he is a Kalisik and that is what he does- is drink!!!! Too much fun this night made for a tough next day for Johnny-boy…after a very slow start to the day we headed to Volcano National Park. It was a beautiful day to spend hiking down into the crater. It was a 4+ mile hike with lots and lots of steps but we did it. We took the Kilauea Ike Trail which starts in the rainforest…the descend is a mere 400 ft but it takes you through twist and turns of heavily wooded area and you end up on the crater floor. We crossed the ( still ) steaming crater floor and past the vent that built Pu’U Pua’i cinder cone…this took us up a million steps ( not really but seemed like it ) to the top of the crater rim. Pictures just can not do justices to what we seen. It pretty amazing to be able to walk on the crater floor and back up but when you look at it from the crater rim it actual just looks like nothing but dirt.
The next stop would be the drive down to the Sea Arches. It was a most stop for Melissa & Bill too and the drive is just awesome as well…after that amazing view we headed back out of the park with a stop on the way so Mel & Bill could check out the Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs.. ( which means long hill ) there are over 23,000 petroglyphs at the site. This site is dated geologically between AD 1200-1450…. The earliest written observation of the petroglyphs at Pu’u Loa was in 1823. It was less than a mile hike over gently undulating pahoehoe lava bedrock ( that only Mel & Bill took John & I stayed in the car that why I have no pictures ) to reach the boardwalk of Pu’u Loa. They both said it was worth the stop. Check it out!
After we did the National Park hike we drove to the end of the road where the lava overflowed into the neighbor that I talked about in a previous blog. This was an old eruption but still very sad to see how all this area was affected by the erupting Volcano. Right over the ridge is the Pacific Ocean.
Our next stop was ’Akaka Falls Lookout…at the park there are two falls one that is 422 ft & the other one is Kahuna falls 400 ft ( difficult to see ) in order to see the Akaka falls you have to take a short hike ( .04- mile hike ) walking towards the falls it takes you through a lush rain forest with wild orchid, bamboo groves and draping ferns. Continue on the loop and you come upon the towering falls which plummet 442-feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Akaka Falls is perhaps the island of Hawaii’s most famous waterfall. A must-see in my book.
We got up early and headed to the other side of the island to do some Kayaking and to go to a luau. One of the things that were definitely on all of our bucket lists. We decided to go kayaking in an area called Captain Cook …Capt. James Cook sailed into the area in 1778, returned a year later and the Hawaiian people thought he was a God until the Hawaiian people found out he was not and it eventually leads to cooks death February 14, 1779. The Bay Area is known as Kealakekua Bay…is absolutely amazing. Great snorkeling was one of the draws to the area as well. We got our kayaks and snorkeling gear and headed out in the bay. John & I didn’t snorkel but Melissa & Bill did. The water was just amazing. The pictures do not do it justices. We did get a glimpse of some dolphin fins swimming around the area as well…after a few hours of kayaking, we headed to our condo that we rented for a couple of days. What a great condo we had found. It was a beautiful resort that is part of the Wyndham…called the Kona Coast Resort. The condo was a very larger two-bedroom / two-bath setting on the water. We spend the night and the next day relaxing by the pool…we headed out to the luau around threeish as it was about a forty-minute drive away and it was at the Marriott Resort in Waikoloa Beach.
The Luau was at the Marriott Resort. The place was amazing and it sat right on the ocean…we had upfront seats and an open bar. First things first get our drinks…after that, the luau started the show was amazing, the food delicious and the hula girls were the best. We saw how they roasted a pig which was pretty cool they actual do bury them. Who knew….🤷🏼♀️ Kalia is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an underground oven. The word Kalia, which means “to cook in an underground oven”…which is how they do pigs in a luau. Luau, in Hawaiian, is actually the name of the taro leaf, which when young and small after being steamed for a few hours resembles cooked spinach. Traditionally, a hardwood fire is built inside a pit large enough to contain the pig, the stones, and the vegetation used to cover the pig. Stones are placed on top of the fire pit, taking two to three hours to reach maximum temp. Hot stones are also tucked inside the pig to ensure the meat is fully cooked. Sometimes instead of vegetation, they use wet burlap material the flavor of the ti leaf is what differentiates Kalia Pig from other methods of cooking a whole hog slowly using a hardwood fire.
It was time for the show to start the food was delicious but couldn’t take any pictures as it got too dark. Once the show started they picked guys from the audience to dance with the men of the show. Of course, Johnny made it on the stage. 😂
It was time to head back to Hilo and head home the next day. One the way back to Hill we stopped to check out the cliffs Gerald told us about. What a great stop that ended up being. ( The pictures do not don’t justices ) The lookout is called Waipi’I Valley Lookout. Located on the Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for political & religious life in Hawaii. The Valley of the Kings an important site for Hawaiian history and culture, it’s also a place of amazing beauty.
Our last stop was at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center where we got to view how they process the nuts. It was pretty interesting process. We even ended up catching a glimpse of one of the nuts there 😏
Our last night had come to an end with Teacher Gerald & Annie we all went out to eat and then said our goodbyes. Bittersweet we all were ready to head home but we had such a fantastic time it was sad to say goodbye.
It was sad to leave such an amazing place and we had such a great time with friends and family but it was time to head back to Florida…we was leaving on a jet plane & had no idea when we would return.
For those of you that are following my blogs that are not family or friends that may not know we are done traveling on The Mickey Peace bus. Actually, we are selling the bus and really are not sure where our next journey will take us. This will be the end of my blogging until we figure out what or when we will hit the road again. We know we will be traveling we just aren’t sure about how we will travel and when. So, for now, thank you for following us. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blogs as much as I have enjoyed doing them & maybe you read something you didn’t know. Until we meet again….Peace Out ✌🏻