Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hawaii Day 5 - Hilo and the Eastern shore

We decided to explore the Eastern coast of the Big Island today. We got dressed, grabbed some food from the gift shop, then drove north along the coast.
Picture taking opportunities abound as you take H19 toward Honoka'a.
First stop was Akaka Falls so we could see one of the breathtaking waterfalls on the island.

We did a short trail to get a better vantage point, got some great shots, then headed up to Laupahoehoe Point for more picture-taking.

Then we travelled up to the Waipio Valley and one of the last naturally preserved areas of the island.

We had a full morning of driving, so we headed back to see a few other sights before dusk. We had a delicious lunch in a shop at Honoka'a owned by a pretty blonde native of Hawaii.

On our way back, we visited Rainbow Falls (because we're gay and want to see rainbows and junk). The waterfall is stunning to see. See?

Then we ventured back to our hotel area to walk along Banyan Drive and see the trees planted by dignitaries and stars who visited the island, like Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.

We finished our tour in the Japanese Gardens at Hilo Bay. Wonderful gardens filled with manicured trees and koi ponds and surfers.

Jack is good formaking friends and this trip was no different.

We killed the day with a delicious dinner at Ken's. Mmmmmmmmm, French toast!


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