Hawaii, 4 Islands, 222 photos, 0 small talk

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    Hawaii, The Aloha State



    This ride report is of Hawaii, my 50 th State on a BMW Motorcycle,
    The Islands of Maui, Kauai, Oahu & the Big Island were visited.
    The three week trip highlights were:
    the lava flowing at our feet (2006),
    an extreme down hill mountain bicycle ride,
    best hiking, sightseeing,
    snorkeling imaginable,
    and being able to rent and ride a R1150R BMW motorcycle on the island Oahu.

    It was a trip of a lifetime.


    Click here for a map with my photo Points of interests:

    Hawaii POI Map

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    :thumb The R1150R was rented on Oahu from the Big Kahuna Rentals

    The photos were taken in chronological order
    The Big Island post# 1-30
    Maui post# 31-62
    Kauai post# 63-85
    Oahu post# 86-110

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    The King/King Kamehameha, (The original Statue) north end of the Big Island

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    Waipi'o Valley overlook

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    Below: Shoreline between Waipio Valley and Hilo

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    We spent 4 days on the Big Island.

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    Day 1: Plane time. Our flight landed at Kona on the Big Island.Stayed at the Kona Seaside. The Seaside
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    is kind of like a 80 Buck Hawaiian Hotel 6.

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    Day 2: We then drove a clockwise coastal auto tour, Kona to Hilo.
    Stayed at Hilo Seaside.

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    Day 3: At Wednesday's sunrise we enjoyed the Hilo Farmers Market . This is rated as one of the best farmers market in all the Hawaiian Islands, with great fresh home grown flowers, fruit, & vegetables. The market also features souvenirs and local crafts.

    After the Hilo Market we toured Volcanoes National Park, returning to the Hilo Seaside by midnight.

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    Day 4: An early morning tour of the Hilo area. We leave Hilo and continue our Circle tour to the Black Beaches and on to the most southern point in the USA. We ended the day back at the Kona Seaside.


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    Day 5: In the early morning toured some Kona coffee Plantations. In the afternoon we went to the Place of Refuge. The Place of Refuse is the best snorkeling I have ever done!

    Back to the Kona seaside, and a very early morning inter-island flight to Maui.

    The four day total rent-a-car mileage on the Big Island was 600 miles.

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    Akaka Falls

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    All pictures were taken with a Canon A80 Point & Shoot camera with no photoshop or color correction.
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    Halemaumau Crater

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    The home of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, making it a sacred place to Hawaiians. It is not unusual to see offerings to Pele left on the rim of the crater

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    New Growth from this growth, a rain forest could appear

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    Remember to bring your flashlight, or you will have a dangerous walk back to your vehicle in the dark...

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    A few months after we were home, a 30 acre shelf fell into the Ocean.

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    Razor sharp lava, if you fall, an easy place to cut yourself

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    At dusk, our first lava sighting

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    Close-up photo of hot lava

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    The island of Hawaii makes up over half of the area of the state of Hawaii. It is called the Big Island partly to avoid confusion

    The Big Island Hawaii Web Site
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    :thumbThe Hawaii trip was great. The not so great was 11 times up and down and layovers at airports. From Milwaukee to hub at Minneapolis to connector flight at Portland, and then Island hoping.

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    Stoking the Lava with a hiking stick(Winter 2006)

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    This is awesome! It's about time someone posted a Hawaii report. I have wanted to see those lava fields ever since I was a little kid. I'll be sure to keep an eye on this thread. :bow :clap


    Nice choice of bike too! :evil
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    Hi blackbirdzach,

    We looked for the Lava for a long time. Many tourist were coming back with out luck of seeing the lava. Finally at dusk, we could see the glowing lava. The lava was hard to find in the daylight, but would glow as the sun started to set.
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    Reminder, check with the National Park Service about viewing the lava. Many times you are not allowed to walk up to the lava flows because of safety.

    We went to Hawaii just over one year ago. As of this writing Spring, 2007 the area was closed. The NPS site states "Currently, there are NO surface lava flows that visitors can walk up to" Here is the Volcanoes NPS Website: Volcanoes National Park
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    End of old trail lava flow, Volcanoes National Park

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    Hanging Heliconia Lobster Claw

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