Saturday, December 12, 2015

Hilo, The Big Island, Hawaii

So onto our South Pacific voyage...

Our first port of call was Hilo, Hawaii.  Hilo is an industrial port and very much not what you expect to see in the Hawaiian islands.  Further, we never did find a walkable tourist district pulling us into local shops.  What Hilo does provide, however, is access to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Our first stop enroute to the park was at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory.  Here Dave immediately spied a giant sized can of macadamia nuts.  Unfortunately, it was not a real can of macadamias but an inflatable replica.  His disappointment was quickly put off to the side when he discovered he could sample flavors of macadamia nuts we never knew existed.

With sampling and shopping complete we continued onto the National Park.   There, we looked out over the crater and watched steam rise through the vents.  We also walked the lava tubes which was amazing given the amount of lava that was needed to create the tubes.

This trip we've upgraded our technical expertise and have figured out how to take video with our camera.  We've even figured out how to do limited editing to the videos.  Impressed?  Well don't we are having difficulty sizing the videos for upload to the blog.  Perhaps next post....  

More to come.