Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hilo, Hawaii ~ Oct 28, 2011

Hilo, Hawaii ~ Oct 28, 2011

With it varied terrain, diverse climate, lush vegetation and rich array of attractions, many find Hawaii the most interesting of all the islands. 

Ricky’s Hilo/Volcano National Park tour

(808) 938-5658

Hilo Tour
*Banyan Drive - drive by
*Liliuokalani Garden-drive by

*Rainbow falls (Wailuku River) 15 minutes
 when the sun shines on the water and creates a rainbow - hence the name, Rainbow Falls.   
The falls are framed by Hawaiian lush rain forsest.
Approximately 98ft/30m high waterfall can be viewed from various vantage points. 
It looks particularly lovely 

*Mau Na Loa Macadamia Nut Co. 30 minutes
Macadamia nuts originated in Australia and were introduced here as recently as 120 years ago.
The Mauna Loa Company began by planting trees, harvesting the first crop eight years later. 
With its 800,000 trees, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Mill rates today as one of the 
world's largest producers of these very tasty, yet very fatty, nuts.

*Akatsuka Orchid Garden 15 to 20 minutes

*Richardson Ocean Beach Park (black sand beach) 20 minutes

Volcano National Park 
The park is home to three volcanoes ~
Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the pacific Basin, Mauna Loa, the largest mountain in the world rising more than 30,000 feet from seabed to summitt and Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world.  Kiluea’s most recent series of eruptions started in 1986 and are still underway.

*Steam Vents- 5 minutes

*Jaggar Museum / Halemaumau crater - 30 minutes

*Halemaumau Crater
**1982-Lava Flow

**Keanakakoi Crater

*Thurston Lava Tube-10 to 15 minutes of walking
Formed by extremely hot lava flowing through the center as the outside cooled 
quickly into rock.  As the hot lava flowed out, it left a tick and strong crust,  
There is head room to spare and walking is fairly smooth once inside.

*Kilauea Iki Crater-5 minutes



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