Hawaii, the Big Island

Dec. 25 - Dec. 31, 2005

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The Big Island of Hawaii, youngest and southernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, is almost twice as large as all the other islands combined. Born less than a million years ago, the youngster is still vigorously growing. In spite of its Big Island title and its area of 4050 square miles, Hawaii is a small piece of land to contain two single mountains that are probably the tallest and bulkiest on earth: Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa rise 30,000 feet from the ocean floor. Kilauea (on Mauna Loa's southeast slope) is the most active volcano on the planet. It has sprouted off dozens of times in the last few decades, and its most recent eruption began in 1983 and is still going strong as today. There is an amazing variety of terrain, scenery, climate, and things to do on the Big Island: tropical beaches, grassy pastures, rain forests, and snow capped mountains, all within a few hours of driving.

Getting there ...

We had an early flight to Honolulu and a transit flight to Hilo. The flight to Honolulu was very bumpy that we did not have any service for the first two hours. Although Linus has taken some air sickness medicine, he still did not feel well and finally threw up a few times (I used all the plastic bags I have prepared). We had to wait at the Honolulu airport for about 3 hours so we had plenty of time to eat and walk around the airport.
We will stay in Hilo as our base for the next week because it is closer to the Volcanoes and also much cheaper than the resorts at Kailua-Kona on the west side. After checked in the hotel, we still had some time to walk to the Coconut Island in the Hilo Bay to stretch ourselves after a full day's journey.


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