Hilo to Kona

Rain Forest Walkway

Rain Forest Walkway

It’s about 95 miles from Hilo to Kona over scenic roads, going through Waimea.  The day began with a stunning view of Mauna Kea from my hotel room watching light from the sunrise move down from the summit.  Akaka falls and its surrounding rain forest are on the way, followed by miles of lava fields.  In Kona on the pier both the mood and climate are completely different from Hilo.

41 responses

  1. The B&W looks like a different planet. Love the two gals dancing, so cute.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    • Thank you John. I can’t believe I talked those girls into posing for me.

      April 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

  2. The dog in a dress…cracks me up. I can always count on your pictures to bring a smile to my face. Happy Monday to you.

    April 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • Happy Monday to you too. It’s hard not to love little dogs.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  3. All these captures are soooo gorgeous! I especially like the two girls doing Hula…Beautiful!

    April 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    • Danna, I don’t know how I talked them into that. They were delightful to chat with. There is a sort of innocence in Hawaii.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  4. Great photos! The first one looks great with the blue in the middle and I love the little dog!
    Well, actually all photos are great! ;)

    April 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  5. oh that dog in the dress ,so adorable and he’s sleeping in something built just the right size for him.

    April 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  6. What a crackin’ set of photos. Love the sunrise and waterfall.

    April 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  7. love the sunrise…spectacular!!!

    April 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  8. Great photos!

    April 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  9. So lush! beautiful. I like the cutie in the red dress :)

    April 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    • Nobody can resist that little dog. Thank you.

      April 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  10. Simply beautiful, the landscape, the waterfall, the trees, the cute girls and the dog. All brilliant. :-) one of my favourite posts.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:10 am

  11. Breath takingly beautiful …

    April 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

  12. Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real

    Stunning as always!

    April 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  13. Incredible – love the wall of palms.

    April 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  14. inkspeare

    Awesome pics, love it!

    April 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  15. Thanks for the like on my photo, and for sharing these great shots, brought back some powerful, good memories of visiting Hilo in the 80’s. Paradise in every respect

    April 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    • To my eye, it looks like Hilo has not changed all that much over time. However, the dry side of the Island has seen a lot of construction to house a large influx of retirees.

      April 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

  16. Enjoying all your pics from Hawaii. Sunrise on Mauna Kea really gives a sense of the mountains compared to the tower block just off centre in the photo. Great range of pics as always. :)

    April 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    • The mountain is not steep, but it starts at the bottom of the ocean. I have been told the geology is distinct down to the earth’s crust making the entire system 56,000 feet tall.

      April 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      • Wow! Awesome place Hawaii, still growing all the time too. Suppose it must smell of sulphur near the more active areas?

        April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        • It does not have an odor. One of the rangers said Sulfur Dioxide, a poison gas, has a slight burnt match smell.

          April 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  17. Thanks for dropping by my ‘morethanreading’ blog. Love your photos – Hilo to Kona brought back memories for me after a family holiday on Big island.

    May 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  18. barbmca

    Wow amazing shots

    May 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

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