There is a certain landscape that we think about when Hawaii is brought up. Our minds usually drift to a memory of beaches, palm trees, greenery, and blue water. However, there is a whole different set of landscape that you can find on the Big Island which you don’t expect to see in Hawaii. These landscapes make you wander if they could do some of the sci-fi movies in these areas because they really look out of this world.
For our 15 year anniversary we decided to spend 8 days on the Big Island.
If you told me that there is snow in Hawaii I would have a hard time believing you. We actually saw and touched snow in Hawaii. I loved being above the clouds with the sun shining down on us. We were surrounded by snow, cinder cones, and 13 telescopes. Standing on the tallest mountain in the state of Hawaii which is 13,802 feet above sea level was such a memorable experience. Mauna Kea might not look like a tall mountain from the distance because a lot of it is underwater. It is said to be 33,000 feet tall if you measure from its oceanic base.
I learned from this trip that it is always a good idea to pack and bring warm clothes with you even if your packing for Hawaii.
This is a difficult drive and you are not advised to drive here if you don’t have a 4 wheel drive. Also, children with any kind of heart problems should not come here.
The Ka’u Desert – Footprints Trail
This short footprint trail is 1.7 miles round trip and it will take you to the place where footprints were discovered after the volcano eruption in 1790. This trail will take you into a black sand desert. It isn’t something that you would expect to see in Hawaii. In this desert you won’t find scorpions or snakes but you will see fossilized footprints of women and children. It might look like a desert because nothing really grows here but it is not considered a true desert because it rains 39 inches per year. We were the only ones on the trail and we were quite surprised that it isn’t a popular trail because this was one of our favorite short hikes in Hawaii. This trail is 15 about minutes from the Volcanoes National Parks Visitor Center between marker 39 and 40.
My white large check dress is from Not Perfect Linen
Cape Kumukahi Light
This place is so rugged that it is hard to believe that there is a coast that looks like this. We have never seen a more rugged and uneven coast. It is a beautiful sight with blue water, white clouds, and black rocks but the thought of falling into the water and trying to climb out of it seems impossible and deadly. If you love lighthouses like us then you’ll like this place. This doesn’t look exactly like the lighthouses we are used to but it sure is a lighthouse. This lighthouse is like no other because in 1960 lava flowed right next to the tower but split into two streams which spared the lighthouse but destroyed the keeper’s houses.
If you love sunrises then you might want to consider coming here early to see the sunrise because the sun shines here first every single day in Hawaii due to the fact that it is the Easternmost point on the Island.
My criss cross tights-black is from Senita Athletics
My Mulberry Jacket in Burnt Olive is from Synergy Clothing
This beach park is one crazy and beautiful looking place. Here you get to see the volcanic rocks that the ocean was not able to break down. You also get to see the destruction of the tsunami that hit this place on April 1, 1946 killing 23 students and 4 teachers. The man made harbor that once stood here has been destroyed and wiped out. No one swims at this beach but many come here to watch the waves and see these gorgeous ocean vistas.
The wave which rose 52 feet above sea level crashed into the shore and tore apart the concrete structures of the man made harbor to pieces. The volcanic rocks that cover the shores of the beach withstood the fury of the ocean and it is a great reminder to us how two very different destructive forces of nature have shaped this beautiful and unique Island.
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Have you been to the Big Island before?