I wish I could write everything I learned about Hawaii here but it's just too much. I don't even remember half of the names of the places I visited. However, there is a GREAT book that I highly recomment you get if you are planning a trip. It's absolutely worth it! It's the best guide book I have ever purchased and the author is very funny. His name is Andrew Doughty and the publisher is Wizard.
Esse templo era bem na frente do nosso hotel em Kona. Chama-se 'Ahu'ena Heiau e era o templo do rei Kamehameha O Grande do Havai. A praia na frente do templo chama-se Kamakahonu e no primeiro dia fomos mergulhar pra ver o que tinha ai. Pra nossa surpresa, tinham muuuuuitos peixes coloridos, muito coral e um cara no kioske disse que tinha tartaruga tambem (mas a gente nao viu nenhuma). Eh nessa praia que comeca o famoso triatlo-IRONMAN Kona (os atletas que se qualificam nadam 3.85 km no mar, andam 180 km de bicicleta e 42km correndo.. no MESMO DIA!!)
This temple was located right in front of our hotel in Kona and it is called 'Ahu'ena Heiau. It was King Kamehameha the Great's personal temple and it is pretty nice. The beach right in front of it is called Kamakahonu and on the day we got there we went to check it out. For my surprise there were looooooooooooots of colorful fish, coral and one of the locals told us there are lots of turtles too (even though we did not see any). It is also at this place that the famous triathlon IRONMAN Kona starts and finishes (the athletes that qualify have to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles... All in the SAME DAY!!! And then they get to brag about it!)
On the first day we were looking for a place to eat and it rained very hard while we were out.. I really was missing the tropical storm. It never rains like that in California... I was glad.
On the way to Miloli'i. Note the dark strip on the ground. It was lava that basically destroyed everything.
Miloli'i is the "last Hawaiian fishing village". I read on my book about it and decided we had to check it out. We parked in Miloli'i and walked a little more than 30 minutes between the florest and the ocean to get to the nearly deserted Honomalino beach. There were 2 more people on it. hehe
Can you tell I liked this beach? I think it's because I had never seen a true black sand beach before. Or maybe it was because it was "our" beach for the longest time until the other two people showed up to make the beach crowded.
After Honomalino, we kept driving south until we go to South point. As the name entitles, it is the southern-most point in the US. The water was so nice and clear I was extremely tempted to jump in. However I decided it was not the best idea since there was no way to get back on the cliff.
We were about 80 miles or so from the Volcanos National Park - where Kilauea is - but we could already see the smoke created by the encounter of hot lava and cool ocean. The lava cools down and shoots rocks pretty much everywhere.
On the other side of the road, Mauna Loa volcano in the background.
Before we got to the volcano, we stopped in another black sand beach called Punalu'u. While Jake went to get water in the car, I sat at the rocks and kept looking at the ocean. I just could not believe what I was seeing. About 15 turtles or so swimming and putting their heads out every once in a while. It was cool.. The author of the book alerted about turtles at this beach but I just could not imagine I would see that many. I did not even have to look for a long time. It was more like, I looked and I saw them.
The sand at the black sand beach was thick, almost like a little rock.
If this turtle could speak, it would tell people to F*** off! heheh.. It is federal offense to touch or disturb their peace. Still, there were a lot of people taking pictures close by.
At the Volcanos National Park. Unfortunately I did not have enough time to spend at the park. Still, what I saw was very impressive.
Read about how Lava tubes are formed.
We drove around the entire park (well, the part that was open to the public) and I thought it was very cool to see where lava had flown in the past. It was like looking at the future and the past at the same time. Out of the lava I could see some plants starting to grow. There was also a patch of forest that was completely spared by the lava flow. I cannot explain... I just thought it was interesting.
Enxofre e vapor. Obviamente essa era de vapor porque o gas dioxido de enxofre eh toxico e nao estariamos tao perto.
The crater of the active volcano. When we think of a volcano, most people think of explosions and lava going everywhere. It turns out Kilauea is not quite that volcano. Many people call it the "drive-thru volcano" because it is so friendly. You can get kind of close to the lava and still be safe. In April of this year the volcano crater had a few explosions that continued until now. In fact, the day we were there they had an explosion in the morning. The amount of sulfur dioxide gas released by the explosions into the air causes the air to be very unhealthy for us and because of that half of the park was closed. There used to be a deck in which you could stand in look into the crater. This year.. gone!
Lava at night. Too bad I cannot mess with the exposure of my camera. It would have been a good picture!
Lava meets ocean. Big Island gets bigger every day.
A praia de Kikaua - pra chegar la temos que andar pelo campo de lava
This beach was just awesome! The water was sooo nice! Enough said!
From where we parked the car, we walked about 40 minuts on a trail to get to this place where there were tons of turtles and a huge lava field. I was mesmerized by the lava shapes and forms.
On one side - clear water. You turn around - lava desert.
Eu amo essa foto! Nao tem explicacao. Simplesmente uma Nataly muito boba! hahah
Sunset at Hapuna beach. Hapuna is very famous and most people consider it the best or one of the best beaches in the island. The water is very clear, the sand is white and very fine, it is easily accessible by car (no trails!). I did not think it was that great. There were too many people there and I think that killed it for me.
Kuba's b-day was on October 14th. Even though we had a great day at the beach he was not too happy because he was getting older.
O aniversario do Kuba foi dia 14 de outubro. A gente aproveitou a praia nesse dia mas mesmo assim ele nao tava muito animado. Ele tava triste por estar ficando mais velho.
The place where IRONMAN starts. It was right in front of our hotel in Kona.
O Kuba ficou meio decepcionado porque a gente nao tinha volei de praia no nosso hotel. "Que praia eh essa que nao tem uma rede pra jogar volei de praia?" heheh pelo visto na Europa todo resort tem volei de praia..
Jake was quite disappointed we did not have a voleyball court in our hotel. "What kind of vacation is that if you don't get to play beach volleyball?" I guess in Europe most beach hotels have volleyball courts...
Hotel in Kona
O ultimo dia em Kona. O Kuba fez questao que eu tirasse uma foto dessas placas. Uma diz "Limite de velocidade 45 milhas" (ou 72 km/hr). A placa logo depois dessa diz "Limite minimo de velocidade 30 milhas" (50km/hr). A noite era dificil saber qual era a placa que a gente tinha passado. Era o limite minimo ou o maximo? hehe
Last day in Kona. Kuba really wanted me to take a picture of those signs. "Speed limit 45" and "minimum speed 30". At night is was difficult to see which one was which. They were not always together...
Honaunau bay. One of the best places for snorkeling. Too bad it was not sunny (the visibility would have been better). Even then we saw tons of fish and different types of coral...
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau - means "place of refuge". In Hawaiian law, if you did something forbidden such as enter a site reserved for kings and chiefs or ate forbidden food, death was your penalty. Unless you reached one of the places of refuge such as this one, you would not be spared.
A ilha de Molokini vista do aviao. Otimo lugar pra mergulhar. Os novatos mergulham dentro da cratera (dentro da meia lua) os mais avancados mergulham do lado de fora.
View of Molokini crater from the place. Great place for scuba diving. The newbies dive inside the crater, the more advanced crowd dive on the outside walls.