So excited to travel to Big Island for a change of pace, change of scenery and a bit of exploration. We’ve made many trips there in the past decade and usually get a little carried away trying to pack it all in – a 14-mile hike in the park followed by a drive to the other side of the island for a bit of snorkeling? Sure, that sounds sane! This time we were going ultra mellow and revisiting some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes and beaches.
We spent 4 days in Pahoa with a chorus of coqui frogs (how long until they destroy Oahu?) and roosters and then 4 days in Kona. We rented a mini van and felt super cool. Hele on!
Micah has been begging to fly for the past year, but as soon as we get in our seats he discovers the flight safety card. He studies the images of people evacuating planes nervously and when he discovers there’s a life vest under the seat, it’s too much. He no longer loves flying and was relieved to be back on the ground.
Up in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mila experiences “cold” for the first time. She’s not a fan.
There are so many great, kid-friendly hikes in the park like this short one from the visitor’s center (or even shorter, from steaming bluffs) to the sulphur bank.
We always make the short loop at Thurston lava tube. It’s worth it for the birdsong alone.
The Napau Crater trail hike to Puu huluhulu is a perfect for families and not very crowded. You get to adventure over the pahoehoe lava flows and end with a view atop the forested puu.
We went to the Kalapana viewing area at the end of the road in Pahoa to see if there was any volcanic activity. I never knew there were so many houses out there. Sitting in a sea of pahoehoe with a view of active flows. Not sure that I would sleep well at night …
When we got tired of hiking, we headed the Kapoho tide pools in Pahoa and the nearby hot springs at Alahanui park.
We discovered the best candy store (Sugar Coast Candy) in Hilo right next to Cafe Pesto, our favorite stop for fancy lunch.
Follow this Hawaii family photographer next week as we explore the Kona Coast!