Day 1 - Kona Farmer's Market, Drive through the saddle to Hilo, Volcano National Park
Highlight of the day and the greatest way to start our trip. Considering that practically every store and restaurant was closed when we arrived last night, this was a huge upgrade. We had McDonald's for dinner last night. This morning, we ate fresh fruit in front of the ocean. Unobstructed views. Warm sun on my skin. No makeup. Totally worth the wait.
Day 2 - Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Kaumana Caves, Hilo Farmer's Market, Mauna Loa Factory, Zoo, 4-Mile Drive
Yeah...I don't know how we had the energy to do all of these activities on this one day. Thankfully, all of these sites were super close to one another, but still, wow!
One of me and Brian's fav things to do together is to visit local mom and pop shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The Papa'aloa Country Store is both. We ordered a loco moco and banana bread to-go so that we can eat it at the Laupahoehoe Point State Park. It was POURING rain that day. Needless to say, there wasn't much of a view because of the heavy fog, but at least the food was good.
Day 3 - Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, 5h drive back to Kona, Hapuna Beach (not pictured)
Most of this day was spent on the road. The rain was heavy this day. Our original plan was to visit Black Sand Beach, buy some snacks for the road, and visit Papakolea Beach (Green sand beach) at the southernmost point of the USA on our way back to Kona. Unfortunately, because of the flash floods and road closures, we had to take a FAT detour back to the northern part of the island. Needless to say, a 2h 30m drive ended up taking ~5h.
Day 4 and 5 - Resort bummin' at Sheraton Kona, Boogie Boarding at Hapuna and Magic Sands
Not much of these two days were documented. We just reaaaally enjoyed the amenities of the resort, soaked in the sun, and embraced the time.
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