June 7, 2013

Hawaii (Big Island) Photo Diary

My time on the Big Island of Hawaii is starting to feel like a distant memory so I figured I'd better get this photo diary up before that actually becomes a reality. Besides, looking at these photos brings back some very happy memories!


Each day of our vacation was an adventure as there was always something different to see and do. For example, our trip to the Green Sands Beach  (one of only two in the world). The hike/walk to get there took us across some interesting terrain that looked a bit like Mars... or what I imagine Mars to look like anyway.


Once we arrived, we had to climb down the rock side to get to the beach. See that green patch in the centre of the bay? That's where it was!


In the same area, we visited South Point, aptly named because it's the southern most point in the United States.


Of course, Hawaii also has the typical white sand beaches where we spent a lot of time lounging and swimming in the bright blue waters. I particularly loved Anaeho'omalu Beach, located in the Waikoloa area.


On a different day, we paid a visit to the Punaluu Black Sand Beach since I'd never seen one before.


My boyfriend and I visited quite a few snorkeling spots around the Island as well. Our favourite was right by Pu'uhonua Honaunau National Historic Park, which was a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian law-breakers.


This Big Island is also home to an active volcano, Kīlauea. Unfortunately it was raining when we went but it was still cool to see all the steam emanating from the volcano's active centre.


Because of the volcanoes, the Big Island has some very diverse landscapes, from fields of black lava rock to rolling pastures. Other parts (like the Pololu Valley Overlook) are covered in lush, green rainforest.


Since Kona Coffee is world-renowned, high on my to-do list was a plantation tour. We ended up going to Hula Daddy where we learned all about how coffee is grown, picked, and roasted.


And of course, every night we made sure to stop and watch the sunset. Such a simple activity, but it was one of my absolute favourite things to do.

23 comments:

  1. such beautiful pictures! i love hawaii & have yet to visit the big island! xo

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    1. Your Maui pictures made me super jealous - that's next on my list!

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  2. I love these! Such a gorgeous place!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I still haven't gone to Hawaii :( It needs to happen in the next year though lol. These pictures make me want to go there immediately.

    xo Azu

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  4. That black sand beach looks so cool!! Beautiful pictures! I can see why people visit Hawaii multiple times a year.

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    1. Seriously. I totally would if I could afford it, haha!

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  5. Beautiful pictures Alison! Looks like you had an amazing holiday and your photographs have certainly captured the magical scenery in Hawaii!

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  6. ah wow these pictures are so so beautiful! it looks so magical
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    x

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  7. adore the photo of you w/ the black lava rock in the back!!!

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  8. Thanks for your comment earlier! :) Your pictures are amazing and I was browsing through some of your posts and you are a beauty! Love your style and I want to be on vacation by looking at all your gorgeous photos!

    New follower now and hope you will stop by again soon! xx Pip

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  9. This is beautiful!
    Beautiful Blog!
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  10. Allison! Your photos are incredible! :) I am jealous of your Hawaii island experience. Hope to visit the lovely island soon :) Thanks for visiting and commenting my site cos I found yours :)

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  11. Definitely looks like a place with incredible natural beauty! Hawaii is definitely very high on my destinations to visit!

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  12. Those pics are incredible amazing!
    <3

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  13. Wow, such beautiful photos! Looks like you had a fantastic trip. I would love to visit Hawaii one day.

    xo Jenny

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  14. Wow you saw, felt, and experienced so much! What a beautiful trip!
    I NEED to plan a trip to Hawaii ASAP!

    <3Amanda
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  15. Wow it looks so gorgeous! I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but have yet to go, your photos make me wanna travel there even more!

    xoxo Bree
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  16. that's so cool! great! :)

    Have a nice day :)))
    xx

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  17. ... and i always wanted to go to hawaii. :-)

    very nice pictures

    best wishes, laukizia

    www.laukizia.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful photos! I currently own a vacation home there. I loved staying there but unfortunately the roof is in disarray from a severe storm a couple months ago. It's being repaired by some roofing contractors in Hawaii. I'm glad that they're almost done, I should be able to go back there by August. I can't wait to go back!

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  19. Yay! Thank you for sharing my Hawai'i! ^_^ Next time you should try going to Hilo (town). Or go to Maui to go see Haleakala ^-^ and the lavender farm.

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    1. I wish we had been able to go to Hilo... it was such a long drive and we didn't have enough time! Maui and Kauai are next on my list!

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