Hawai'i pt 2.
Lets just jump right into it, I've made y'all wait long enough for these posts so here ya go!
This next place is ridiculously pretty, much like every place we have/will talk about. Laupahoehoe Beach Park, pronounced (La-pah-HOY-HOY not hoe hoe ya freaks) is similar to Waipi'o Valley. The tsunami in 1946 also hit Laupahoehoe, however there was a school in this valley in which 20 students and 4 teachers were drowned. Even though it was a bit somber after learning the history the views were still breathtaking.
There's now a monument to those who passed on Laupahoehoe Point.
After this scenic point we traveled on to Hilo to visit the active volcano Kilauea! This was the only adventure we paid for and only because it's a state park. It was $15 total to enter the park with a vehicle. Incredibly minimal given everything we saw. We took the longest hike around the rim of the volcano which was nuts!
Along the trail there were natural vents in the ground that steam crept out of which was a little eerie. I felt like I was in the Lion King when Simba and Nala go to the elephant grave yard. It was hot, dry, steamy and spectacular all at the same time.
The day before, a giant piece of the wall on the inside of the volcano mouth fell in and we could still hear pieces falling and hitting the lava. We didn't see any lava but you could see the steam from the mouth as it floated to the sky and met the clouds. After our hike back to the visitor center we had dinner at Volcano House, which overlooks the volcano at night and you can see the lava glowing! It was real tough to get a photo of it because we were so far away but it was quite a sight to see.
Pretty incredible eh? Yeah, I think so too. This is where our trip to Hawai'i aka Big Island ends and with that I'll leave you with a picture from under the trees looking out onto Beach Sixty Nines. Now, off to Oah'u we go! See y'all there!