Hawaii map

Hawaii's Big Island is twice as large as the other islands combined and is actually the exposed top of the Mauna Kea volcano rising 32,000 feet above the ocean floor.  A volcanic landscape with extensive vistas dominate the island topography and effectively diminish its tropical forests and beaches.  The island has an extreme climate range from the dry warm Kona coast to the exceptionally wet Hilo to the east.  In between there's so much to explore that we planned our itinerary by the numbers:
1. Ka Lae - South Point (southernmost of the USA)
2. Honaunau - south Kona coast and Captain Cook
3. Honoka'a - tropical forests and ravines on the North coast
4. Hilo - lush falls and gardens
6. Kohala - north Kona coast beaches
7. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
9. Honlualoa -  Kona's highland region
10. North Kohala - ranch land and King Kamehameha's birthplace

Mauna Kea, elev. 13,736'

Our island tour was made even more enjoyable driving our comfortable Dodge sedan that performed admirably over the extreme terrain with comfortable air-conditioning.  It was great to have a flexible schedule to explore at our leisure each day depending on our mood.  That's what vacation is really about!

Dodge sedan

AuthorRich Monroe