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Hawaii vacation with a history lesson
Airports Before Hawaii: Des Moines, Iowa to Denver, Colorado for a stopover in Phoenix Arizona
August 5th I started my voyage. I flew United Airlines from Iowa, switched plans in Colorado to go to Arizona, where I stayed overnight at a cousin's home, which we also have become good friends. Sometimes the long way around can mean big savings. I have traveled by car through Arizona when I was a young child but never remember the climate being so hot that it felt like a heater was blaring through the air. My thought process started out by telling me the hot blowing appearance was coming out of the airport building and soon switched to, no this is the exhaust from the vehicles pulling up to the loading zone but reality; once I arrived at my overnight home, I realized that this is the natural air in Arizona. Where the hotness in the evening can be in the highest double digits and in the early morning, greet the prompt traveler with three digit temperatures.
I had never traveled to Hawaii before and thought, if this is how hot it is in Arizona, It must be hotter in a tropical island.
A Journey to a foreign land that isn’t really a foreign country.
Hawaii has a culture of its own but is part of the United States. One doesn’t need a passport to go to Hawaii but one does have to fill out a customs declaration form. When filling out these forms, it always reminds me of the many times during summer vacations my family and I traveled to California. I recall my parents signing the forms before entering the state. I don’t know what year it was when the policy disappeared, that travelers no longer had to declare their fruits, vegetables, plants and dirt when traveling into California from other states but maybe one of my readers know the answer?
Sunset Falling From Above the Clouds
August 21, 1959
Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state.
Yellow Hibiscus / AKA Pua Aloalo
There are several different species of Hibiscus and a diverse range of colors that they come in.
Hawaiian flowers in many colors & shapes. (Not just Hibiscus)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Great View From the Backyard
Island in Hawaii
What do you think of Hilo?
After landing in Honolulu and exiting the large plane with three seats in the middle row and two on one side and two or three wide on the other side; time to switch to a smaller aircraft to take us to our final Island for five days.
Long Flight - About six hours long.
- Be sure to take something to help pass the time.
- A book
The airlines rent / provide / charge
* Rent: Tablets and headphones, first come first serve. (watch movies)
* Provide: One meal. They pride themselves as the only airline that still serves a meal on their flights. ( It would be great if the other airlines would bring back this very appreciative service.) An educational video for everyone to watch but it doesn't play during the entire flight and unless you have earphones or can read lips, understanding is difficult.
* Charge: Extra drinks, blankets and snacks
What not to expect:
* Being greeted at the runway or at the terminal by someone with flower necklaces, unless the hotel traditionally does this or your family member(s) decide to greet you in this matter. (How welcoming one would feel if all airports treated their customers in this way.
Ideas & tips for a Hawaian trip
Things to do
Explore Volcanic Tubs
hiking boots or tennis shoes / water shoes
Kaumana Caves (Big Island)
Beach (Black, white & green sands)
swim suit or simming trunks
Watch the sunset from above the cloud
Mauna Kea AKA: Mauna a WakeaObservatory
snorkels and fins (also for rent at some locations)
Ho'onaunau / Kealakekua Bay
Eight Major Islands in Hawaii
1. Hawaii (AKA, The Big Island. Hilo is on this island.)
3 Oahu (Honolulu is located on this island.)
Lava Tubes / CavesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Black Sandy Beach
Where one of the largest Observatories can be found.
Snorkeling is like swimming in a huge aquarium.
- Snorkeling Two Steps - The Crown Jewel - Not To Be Missed
See pictures of amazing topography, creatures and corals and get descriptions of snorkeling Two Steps.
Results from Volcanos
Enter the Caves if you if you dare. The caves are also known as lava tubes. The pictures of the caves below are the darkest caves I have ever entered. Might want to make sure you carry a lantern. Tiny flashlights just can't provide the light one needs for safety reasons. The black volcanic rocks and large crevices, makes traveling through these tubes tougher with lack of lighting.
These tubes were formed from hot lava traveling beneath and through the hardened rock.
What to expect in AKAKA Falls, State Park.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Kamehameha The Great
- Ruler of Hawaii
- United all of the Hawaiian islands.
"Kamehameha The Great"
Surfing along the shore in Hilo, Hawaii.
Perfect Looking Trees
A Jungle Feel
A little quiz
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Rating the diversity of Hawaiian food.
Back in the mainlands.
Once back home, I thought of the sayings, "home sweet home" and "there is no place like home". I had always heard how expensive the Hawaiian Islands are and I must agree. The price of bread seemed to be twice the amount than what I normally pay.
But now that I have been back in the mainlands and wrapped up in my daily activities, I do miss the beauty and the relaxation that I consumed in Hawaii. I would love to return. Five days in paradise is just not enough. Please, leave me your comments. Have you ever been to Hawaii? If not would you like to go? If you have, how many days did you spend on the islands? Would you stay longer next time? Which islands did you experience? Would you go back?
If you are from the Hawaiian Islands, what would you suggest a tourist experience?
If the chance arises again, I would go back but if money allowed, I would want to stay longer.