March 26, 2017
This past December, my family took a trip to “The Big Island” of Hawaii. In 2016, we saw a lot of exciting milestones, (two graduations, an engagement, new jobs…) so we thought it was fitting to celebrate by crossing the Pacific and closing out the year on a tropical island ;).
Fun fact: The Island of Hawaii has 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful, breath-taking, place I’ve ever visited. We would be driving through lava fields, and half an hour later be in the middle of a jungle. One of the world’s four green sand beaches is on the southern side of the island. The southernmost point in the United States is here. Kona coffee is sold in shops on the side of the highway, remnants of Hawaiian royalty and history remain all over the island, and I’ve never seen so much green (my favorite color!) in one place in my life. We also snorkeled with sea turtles and saw lava spouting out of an active volcano.
Below are some of my favorite places we visited on the island. If I haven’t persuaded you to add them to your bucket list yet, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the convincing.
*Our greatest help in planning our trip was the book, “Hawaii The Big Island Revealed” by Andrew Doughty. It provides so much helpful insider information for visitors! I highly recommend it if you’re planning a trip.
Hikes and Outdoor Activities:
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