Looking out over the volcano on our hike along to the Jaggar Museum and the main viewpoint. Just amazing!
I couldn't stop taking pictures :)
There was so much activity at the point we visited that the longer route we'd planned was out of the question. Kilauea was busy and some of the hiking trails were closed! We still managed a fair few miles though, which turned out to be quite enough in warm, humid conditions.
The steam banks were magnificent. Felt like we were in a movie set.
After our hike we went back to the hotel and changed into non-hiked-in clothes. Then we headed over to do a smaller walk to check out the Thurston lava tube - a long, cylyndrical cave created entirely by lava forcing its way through, 500 years ago.
Again, I loved the green, lush flora.
The lava tube itself.
We then retired to the Lava Rock Cafe, a great little spot in Volcano Village where all of the menu items have names inspired by volcanoes. A tasty, fun meal. Then we drove back to the viewpoint at the edge of the caldera to catch a glimpse of the volcano at night. Stunning.
In the morning we were up early for some more yummy Volcano House waffles and omlettes, before we had to pack up and head off to the airport.
This view, from the hotel, is just awesome. Nowhere else like it. Reluctant to leave, but so excited for stage four of the honeymoon, we said our farewells and headed to Hilo. We flew back to Honolulu (a swift 30 minute flight), then waited around a little for our 20 minute flight from Honolulu to Lihu'e, on the island of Kauai. We were very much looking forward to experiencing the Garden Isle.
Kauai is beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous, fresh and green. This was to be the proper 'honeymoon' portion of our visit, romance central, so we had chosen the gorgeous Koa Kea resort for our stay. It was, quite simply, one of the finest establishments I've ever encountered. Beautiful rooms, lovely facilities, and fantastic staff.
Our balcony looked out over the surfing area.
Beautiful westward views across the water. I can hear the surf now.
About twenty minutes after we'd arrived there was a rap on the door, and a gentlemen came in with gifts - a bottle of champagne and a bunch of flowers to welcome us and congratulate us on our honeymoon. Such a wonderful way to toast our arrival!
The golden glimmer of sunset. I think I saw more sunsets in Hawaii than at any other point in my life :)
We changed for dinner and went down to Red Salt, the gourmet restaurant at Koa Kea, for supper. There was seafood, steak, wine and chatter, and for dessert a cream soda float and the largest cookie I've ever seen. I managed about a quarter - thank heavens for goody bags!
Happy, full, and excited to explore Kauai more in the morning, we turned in for the night.