Hawaii – Mauna Kea Summit & Hilo

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From the fertile Waipio Valley we drove through Saddle Road and embarked on the climb to the top of Mauna Kea. At 9,200 foot (2,800 meter) the visitor information station. A big orange sign says “4×4 Vehicle Recommended, proceed at your own risk”. We tried to hitchhike up with those with a 4×4 and one person told us the road …

SamHawaii – Mauna Kea Summit & Hilo

Hawaii – Waipio Valley

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On the opposite side of the most southernmost point of the 50 United States lies Waipio and Pololu Valleys along the Northern shore of the Big Island. We arrived at Pololu Valley lookout at the end of HYW 270 just in time to catch the sunrise and also strike up with a nice gentleman from Vancouver, BC. It was a …

SamHawaii – Waipio Valley

Hawaii – Road to South Point

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On the West side of Volcano National Park lies the most southernmost point of the Big Island and of the 50 United States. Turning off the Route 11, it is a 20 mile narrow road that leads to the windswept cliffs. The weather changes rapidly in the windy region and we were lucky to have great weather once we arrived. …

SamHawaii – Road to South Point

Hawaii – Volcano National Park

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Heading South from Captain Cook & Kona we arrived at the Volcano National Park at the South Eastern corner of the Big Island. We began by hiking the Kīlauea Iki Trail, which starts in the rainforest along the crater’s rim. You can see the steam coming off lava in the distance. Descending into the crater floor. At spots steam is …

SamHawaii – Volcano National Park

Hawaii – Captain Cook and Kona

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After our late night flight into the Big Island from the 18 km hike at Haleakala, we woke up to calm Sky at Captain Cook near Kona. The region is where Captian James Cook made landfall on the Big Island in 1779. We picked up our rental car and got upgraded to a Ford Fusion. There are so many high-tech …

SamHawaii – Captain Cook and Kona

Hawaii – Sliding Sands & Halemau’u Trail, Haleakala

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After our ‘rest day‘, we made one last attempt to do a hike on the Haleakala. It was also our last day on Maui. Wanting to trek the longest day trail at 11.2 miles (18 km)- Sliding Sands Trail in, Halemau’u Trail Out, we got up at 4am to make the drive up. Right before sunrise we saw the clouds …

SamHawaii – Sliding Sands & Halemau’u Trail, Haleakala