Nine days on Hawaii, aka the Big Island, starting on the Kona Coast, then to Volcanoes National Park, and ending on the Kohala Coast.
iPhone 5s; December 2016.
Primary lava rule: don’t annoy the goddess Pele.
A shot on the grounds of Umauna Falls.
The living room of the main house at Ka’awa Loa Plantation.
The petroglyphs at Pu‘u Loa (or, volcanic emoji).
A quick stop at Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach, before arriving at Volcano.
Pre-volcano breakfast at Lotus Garden Cottages.
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park.
Outdoor shower at Ka’awa Loa Plantation, a few steps from the hot tub.
The shave ice at Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, housed in a truck in Kawaihae, is probably the best I’ve ever had.
The path to Pu‘u Loa, the site of ancient petroglyphs carved into lava rock.
Trees at Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park on a rainy day.
View at dusk at the Kalapana Flow area, where lava is flowing into the sea.
The landscape of Volcanoes National Park, somewhere along Chain of Craters Road.
It was rainy and overcast most of our trip — we finally saw the sun on the day we left, on a beach along the Kohala Coast.
Another shot at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.
The exterior of Hula Moon Cottage.
While exploring Volcanoes National Park, we stayed at Lotus Garden Cottages B&B for a few nights, in the rainforest of Volcano.
After our time in Volcanoes National Park, we drove through Hilo to Umauna Falls
, where we ziplined over falls and swimming holes.
A palm tree at Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park.
The cottage at Ka’awa Loa Plantation: home for the first four nights on the Kona coast.
The leafy interior of one of the outdoor showers.
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, one of four green sand beaches in the world. Stopped here during our drive from Captain Cook to Volcano.
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach is the southernmost point in the United States. Feels a bit like the end of the world.