S: Jeff & Angel Hawaii March,2009
BC: E Hoomau Maua Kealoha
FC: Hawaii March, 2009
1: Jeff and Angel Hawaii March, 2009
2: Hilton Waikoloa Village
3: Situated along a nine-mile long stretch of sunny shoreline known as the Kohala coast, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is nestled within 62 oceanfront acres on the Big Island in Hawaii.
4: Located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort near our "home" was the Kings' Shops. Here we enjoyed a nice lunch at Merriman's Market Cafe. Afterwards, we decided to stroll the shops where we happened upon Dolphin Galleries... So began our love affair with art.
5: What we fell in love with and eventually collected over the year... | Thomas Arvid "Shines Like It Does" Purchased as a Mother's Day Gift Met the artist and he personally signed our AP. | Ron Burns "Alex" We couldn't leave the island without it...it was the perfect image of our beloved dog, Blade and with this, we could cherish him forever. | Steven Neill "Waikiki Surfriders" We met Steven, a 2nd generation vintage sign artist, in Dolphin Galleries and chatted for sometime. This was purchased as a Father's Day gift.
6: An evening walking the beach...
7: Writing our girls' names with lava rocks.
8: Along the path of the Wailuka River in Hilo is Rainbow Falls.. The waterfall drops 80 feet over a rock shelf into a placid green-blue pool surrounded by a dense jungle of vegetation.
10: Chase and Hanes Art Gallery Located in downtown Hilo featuring local artists including Steven Neill.
11: After lunch at Cafe Pesto, we shopped at the Farmers Market. where we purchased some island fruits and admired the local craft and flowers.
12: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park We visited Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Along the way to see the Thurston Lava Tube, we took in the beauty of the plant life in the Giant Fern Forest and were witness to the diverse environment.
14: The Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park leads you from the Crater Rim Drive, zig-zagging down the side of the Kilauea Volcano, all the way down to the ocean and eventually ending at the site where in 2003, lava flow crossed the road and surrounded homes where people continue to live today. From here we hiked to the lava sea cliffs and waited for an evening show of active lava spilling into the ocean. It was a spectacular sight with hues of red and orange.
16: World Botanical Gardens
17: Umauma Falls
18: We island hopped from the Big Island to Oahu and our first stop was the USS Arizona Memorial.. Located atPearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, it marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Because it is a resting place, the site is quiet, reflective and solemn; paying respect to those who perished there.
22: North Shore Haleiwa, Hawaii
23: Dole Pineapple Farm | Walking the Beach | Spectacular View | Taking a break after a swim | Laniakea Beach | "Honu"
24: The journey to Mokolii Island to see China Man's Hat was a fun filled and scenic day. We stopped for lunch and then for a treat at the legendary Motsumoto's Shave Ice. We toured the local art gallery and purchased a polymer clay penguin with its chick by artist Jon Anderson. The landscape was breathtaking and we made several stops along the way to take it all in.
25: China Man's Hat Mokolii Island
26: In between Honolulu and Kailua is Nuuanu Pali Lookout. The windy summit offered a beautiful panoramic view of the windward coast of Oahu, its lush forest and the blue waters 1,000 feet below.
28: Kona Brewing Company | Our lunch guest... | We took a day to take in Kona and enjoyed some liquid Aloha at Kona Brewing Company. It was a very cool and laid back place and the beer was fantastic!
29: Kona's coastline is lined with dried lava beds making it an impressive view. We enjoyed shopping at the outdoor market where local vendors sold their artistry and island souvenirs. We picked up some Kona coffee at a roadside coffee farm.
30: Our last day we traveled to the most northern tip of the Big Island to see the Pololu Valley Lookout. | On our way, we discovered this old Japanese cometary. It was a beautiful and peaceful resting place and reminded us of our time in Japan.
31: Pololu Valley Lookout By far, the most beautiful view of our trip. The lush valley, surrounding sea cliffs and black sand beach were unforgettable. | Just beyond the lovely town of Hawi in North Kohala is the small town of Kapaau. In front of the North Kohala Civic Center stands the original King KamehamehaStatue, erected not far from where Hawaii’s greatest king was born.