Circle Tour of the Island

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Royal Kona Museum and Coffee Mill. They didn't tell us anything about the coffee but they did have free samples

We decided to do a tour of the Island with a tour company.   I have the events of this trip listed on different day because I was separating them and some days that we spent shopping or sitting by thee pool would just be bouring to write or read....  sorry in advance for the date arrangements... The Polynesian tour began at 6:45 am  (actually 7:15...  Hawaii time: he was a bit late)  and ended after  7 pm.    Polynesian Adventure Tours.  The driver, Sal was excellent.  He had a great knowledge of the plants and history and managed to narrate as he drove.  The first  stop we went to a coffee plantation/store: The coffee was really good.  We tried several types and several teas.

Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
   When we were finished with our allotted 1/2 hour, we were ready to go:  it was quite unfortunate that the Polynesian tours company had us sit and wait for over an hour for  a group of four people to be brought to our location.  It was very annoying to wait knowing we were losing the time from the tour (which go too fast for me already)  The four came and we were surprised that they had been encouraged to go inside for coffee while a bus full of people waited... that was a little strange. But eventually we were all together and headed on down the road.....We next visited the black sand beach.  

We visited Hawaii Volcano's national park where we viewed the Kilauea volcano and ate at the cafeteria,  We visited  the Thurston Lava tube and the Jaggar volcano museum.

Blank sand beach sign... don't you love the spear?
   This is a must see in Hawaii.   We really loved it and would have loved to hike down. 

We went to orchid gardens and nursury.  It was really interesting but our time there was only 15 minutes so David and I didn't get to the gift shop.   We did take a lot of amazing pictures of the orchids although they just point & shoot & hurry shots.   

 We drove through Hilo and saw Rainbow Falls.  It was really  great to see the falls.  It wasn't raining although Hilo is usually raining.,  We passed the huge rock that King Kamahamaha picked up according to legend.

Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
  It was huge.  About 900 pounds.

 Next we drove through the Parker Ranch lands.  They were massive....   I love how the parker ranch had such a humble beginning.  We stopped  Parker Ranch Plaza where we had about 20 minutes .  Linda bought a package of cookies that were $7.00 .... amazing price.   but they were good.  The bus driver dropped all of us off one by one at our motels.   Despite the delay he did give us the full tour.  He returned about 45 minutes later than he would have if the two couples had been on time.   To his credit he continued talking and giving us information when there were only 8 people on the bus,  Very admirable.  

sylviandavid says:
It did come out OK but it was a little annoying to wait so long.... You are right.... Local time, indeed! Sylvia
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
mountaingirl says:
The Orchids are beautiful!! The national flower of Singapore is Orchid :-)
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
tj1777 says:
Local time - so typical all over the world outside Europe and continental US.
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
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We took over 2000 photos in Hawaii...... I got a blister from pushing the shutter....  (kidding..)   It was so great seeing the sites and sights.

Sweetski says:
I have developed corn on my finger too, lol. One can never take too many pictures :)
Posted on: Feb 20, 2008
Royal Kona Museum and Coffee Mill.…
Royal Kona Museum and Coffee Mill…
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Blank sand beach sign... dont you…
Blank sand beach sign... don't yo…
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Antheriums, Lindas favorite flowe…
Antheriums, Linda's favorite flow…
black sand
black sand
black sand sparkling in sylvias h…
black sand sparkling in sylvia's …
David and sylvia on the beach
David and sylvia on the beach
David talking to Maureen J... lett…
David talking to Maureen J... let…
Black sand beach retaining wall..
Black sand beach retaining wall..
rippled lava at the end of the bea…
rippled lava at the end of the be…
Lava shapes
Lava shapes
At entrance to black sand beach
At entrance to black sand beach
Antheriums... such wonderful colors
Antheriums... such wonderful colors
Royal Kona Coffee ....
Royal Kona Coffee ....
This is mint: It doesnt smell lik…
This is mint: It doesn't smell li…
picture of the coast line from the…
picture of the coast line from th…
another picturees of the shore lin…
another picturees of the shore li…
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens: …
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens:…
looking out the bus window as we d…
looking out the bus window as we …
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
Orchids: Akatsuka orchid gardens
banana trees....
banana trees....
this is the stone that was picked …
this is the stone that was picked…
Isnt this beautiful.... The leave…
Isn't this beautiful.... The leav…
More tropical jungles from the bus…
More tropical jungles from the bu…
rainbow falls
rainbow falls
rainbow falls: near hilo
rainbow falls: near hilo
Rainbow falls.,
Rainbow falls.,
This looked like a philadendren...…
This looked like a philadendren..…
jungly flowers & plants
jungly flowers & plants
bird of paradise...
bird of paradise...
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