Honomu – 28 January, 2019 – Waterfalls, a Lava Tube and the top of Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is over 13,000 feet high. We drove to the top today. When we got there the temperature was 32 degrees and the wind was blowing hard. Since there wasn’t much air and it was so cold we didn’t stay there long. But oh what a view and what unearthly terrain. From the main highway it is just under 15 miles straight up to the top.

On our way back down to Kona we stopped at Wai’ale Falls and Rainbow Falls.

We also climbed down into a two mile long lava tube called Kaumana cave. Although you can take a flashlight into the tube and explore we decided not to. It was very dark!

Our last stop of the day was a visit to the Lyman Museum. We ate dinner at Hilo Bay Cafe overlooking the ocean.

Honomu – 27 January

I love breakfast in Hawaii. We have had the most wonderful papaya every morning.

Today we drove north up the Hamakua Coast. We took several detours paralleling the highway on the old road and stopped at sites along the way. We took a short hike to Akaka falls.

There is beautiful lush vegetation along the narrow old road.

We also stopped at Laupahoehoe Point and memorial. A terrible tsunami hit the Hawaii coast in 1946. On this small peninsula 21 schoolchildren and three adults were killed by the tsunami.

For dinner we had pizza in Hilo at Pesto Cafe.