While I was in Hawaii this past March, my family and I had the chance to take a road trip around Hawaii (The Big Island). We started off where my uncle and aunt live (outside of Kailua-Kona) and drove all the way to the other side of the island where Hilo is.
First stop was the Black Sand Beach (Punaluu County Beach Park). We always go to this beach even though we don’t swim here. It’s very rocky, but I’ve heard it’s a good place to snorkel. What’s also cool about this beach, is that there’s almost always green sea turtles sunbathing. You do have to stay about 20 feet away from them due to state law, but it’s still really cool to see them!
After the beach, we headed to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We didn’t do as much hiking as we usually do there, but that’s because we were pretty exhausted from the day before. I love the volcano park because it’s so beautiful and unique. I highly reccomend going here if you’re on the Big Island! Just be sure to bring warm clothes (it gets a bit chilly higher up) and good walking shoes! I also recommend you bring a first aid kit, just because it can be slightly hazardous hiking there. The terrain isn’t even, there’s tree roots sticking out of the ground, there’s steep trails. When I was about twelve and hiking in the park, I tripped on a tree root and cut my knee pretty badly on lava rock. It hurt pretty bad, and I’m so glad my dad carried around his mini first aid kit. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get all the little pieces of crushed lava rock out of my knee, but my aunt (who is native Hawaiian) said it should make me lucky. I don’t know how that’s possible because if you take lava rock from Hawaii, you’ll be cursed with bad luck until it’s returned.
(Note: I will be detailing more of what we did at the Black Sand Beach and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in another post)
After spending time at the volcano park, we drove to Hilo where we stayed at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. We had a gorgeous, ocean-view room. We stayed there for two nights, and we have no regrets.
Since we arrived at Hilo around dinner-time, after we got checked in at our hotel and washed up, we went out for dinner. We ate at a place called Cham Cham’s, which was a Korean restaurant. I had been waiting so patiently to get bulgogi (sweet barbecued beef). It’s one of my all-time favorite foods, an Cham Cham’s had AMAZING bulgogi. Cham Cham’s was a very authentic restaurant. They served us many different side dishes such as cabbage kimchi, marinated tofu, radish kimchi, and the rest I don’t remember what they were. We also ordered mandu, which is like a Korean dumpling. After eating, we returned to the hotel with very happy stomachs.
The next day, first thing we did was eat breakfast at the hotel and then took a walk through the Liliuokani Gardens. It was so beautiful and right across the street from our hotel. It has a kind of “zen garden” feel.
Later on in the day, we decided to go to Akaka Falls, which is just a short drive outside of Hilo. To get to the falls, it took a little bit of hiking, but it wasn’t that bad. I wore flip flops and a long maxi dress and I was fine.
It started raining while we were at Akaka Falls, so that’s when we knew it was time to leave. When we returned back to the hotel, we just hung out for the rest of the night and snacked off Hawaiian snacks.
There will be a part 2 of my Roadtrip Through Hawaii, but it will be posted at a later date.