What do you do when it’s April in Seattle and it’s cold and dark and the rain just won’t stop? Why not armchair travel to the Big Island of Hawaii? That’s right, I’m casting off the gray and clouds that threaten my skies and dampen my spirit and dreaming of my favorite Hawaiian Island. Yes, I’ve decided once and for all that my favorite of all the Islands is the Big Island of Hawaii and here’s why!
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
When I first saw it I swooned. This remote black sand beach is frequented by resting green sea turtles, rimmed by coconut trees and free of crowds. I wish I was there right now!
You walk the easy trail through lush tropical forest and arrive at this beauty. Pinch me again.
I’m not a great swimmer but it was at Kahalu’u Bay, that I was first persuaded to try snorkeling. Easy access, shallow waters, lots of fish. Lifeguards. O the joy!
Hawaii Botanical Tropical Garden
Wander on nature trails through tropical rainforest, enjoying more than 2,000 species of tropical plants from around the world, passing streams and waterfalls on your way to Onomea Bay on the rugged Pacific Coast. We did that once. Once is not enough.
Kona Coffee Farms
Visit the farms and watch them process coffee beans with a cuppa fresh brew in your hands. Yes, please!
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau
Don’t try to pronounce it. Just go. And see why this ancient walled city on the southern Kona Coast was a Place of Refuge. And you’ll see more turtles too.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Walk the trails, stop by the Visitors Centers, but most of all look for the steam and lava erupting from vents in the Park.
Finally I leave you this parting shot from the top of the island, sunset on Mauna Kea.
I’m feeling better already. Is it too early to start planning next year’s trip?