The Big Island
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Travel Blog› entry 3 of 12 › view all entries
On the second day, we got up early and took a flight to the big island of Hawai'i. We took three island hopper flights in all during the trip. They are short and sweet, but can have some spectacular views. You can even spot humpback whales if it's the right time of year. After landing in Hilo, we headed to Volcanoes National Park. A coworker of mine had just been two weeks before and there was no activity. In between my visit and his, lava destroyed three abandoned houses. Activity is really hit or miss as I am about to explain.
As we arrived to the visitor station, there was a lot of hustle and bustle as rangers were explaining to all visitors that parts of the road ahead and the book store and museum were closed due to SO2 venting.
The rest of the day we drove to some falls not too far outside of Hilo. This was the only time during the trip that we encoutered rain. It was raining very heavily when we visited Akaka Falls. That meant that I didn't get very good pictures of this 442 foot tall waterfall.