Aloha! We just spent 21 hours traveling back from our 50th state, Hawai'i! 19 of us went to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday at an amazing house in an amazing place! We were impressed that the only two tourists that were friendly enough to speak to us, lived three hours away from us! Midwesterners are so friendly!!!
Here is a picture journal of our fun trip.
ARRIVAL TO PARADISE
|The boys could hardly wait to jump into the pool which probaby gave the house it's name,|
Rock Slide, see below...
|We all woke up around 3:30 that first morning...our time zone changes were the culprit! But|
we did get to see an amazing sunrise, examine the lava rock which covers the Kona landscape, and play with a coconut.
|Here is Papou (grandfather) with some of his grandchildren.|
|My two boys with their cousin, hangin' in the hottub|
|Building a sandcastle at the resort's private beach|
|Cooling off his footsies!|
BIRTHDAYS AND SUN
A brand new four year old...and sixty year old!! :)
|Birthday breakfast in the outdoor kitchen!|
|Posing in front of one of the top rated beaches in the nation.|
|My parents and their four kids...the t shirts were a birhthday surprise for my mom!|
|The birthday boy crashes after a fun celebration...he's clinging to his party favor box.|
HIKING TO THE BLACK SANDS
|Have you ever seen an avocado that big?? And there were bigger ones!|
|At a pitstop halfway up the mountain at the north end of the Big Island.|
|Starting out on our hike...I was very leary of it,|
especially with signs for falling rock, and thinking
about the hike back up...it was hot and I am pregnant!!
|What we are going to hike down too...|
|The view halfway down...made us keep going|
|a rudimentary playground at the end of the hike down, just before the beach.|
|My oldest skipped the tire swing and headed on the lava rock towards the crashing waves|
|black sands are really black! and super soft!|
|Participating in the custom to stack rocks for interesting art all over the beach|
|Never too old to play in the sand|
|What a view|
|Fun to draw down the beach|
|A swing on the way back up|
|The beautiful valley on the inland side of the beach|
|A tree or bunches of trees?? This was in a nearby town, Hawi...we had awesome food at Bamboo Restaurant.|
FROM CRASHING WAVES TO CRASHING LAVA
We chose to set aside a day, and drive to the otherside of the island...the lush side. We stayed at Kona, which was mainly lava rock, unless you went up into the neighborhoods.
On the way to the Volcano National Park, we found a couple of great spots to look at. The first, Lapahoehoe Point, which had violently crashing waves, and the brightest blue cauldron of swirling water! It was amazing, and scary! The boys had a blast, of course!
|Cody insisted I take my signature "toes" picture in front of a crashing wave.|
|Walking down into a rain forest|
|A beautiful 450 ft waterfall, Akaka Falls|