And now for the continuation of my previous post! I took more photos during the second half of the trip, so I’m using thumbnails this time. Click to see the full images.
When planning our trip, we couldn’t decide between 2 hotels so… we booked both! On this day, we checked out of the Mauna Lani and into the Mauna Kea, though we then immediately went out to drive to Hilo. Hilo is the major city on the east side of the Big Island, and it was 1.5 hours away. We took a route that would pass by scenic points, waterfalls, and gardens.
Photo 1: The first stop was Waipio Lookout, which has a beautiful view of the Waipio Valley. We just took a look though and then went on our merry way.
Photo 2: The next stop was either Umauma Garden or Akaka Falls, and we decided on Umauma. The garden itself was pretty small, but their main “attraction” seems to be the triple tiered waterfall.
Photo 3: It was past noon by the time we left Umauma, so we skipped Akaka and got lunch at What’s Shakin, which is a tiny place known for their fresh fruit smoothies.
After lunch, we headed to Hilo and found their farmer’s market. Though all the food on display was tempting, I was really there for cheap souvenirs XD I got some handmade soaps, jewelry boxes, and other small things.
Photo 4 & 5: On the way out, we stopped by Rainbow Falls which was nearby. It’s named as such because sometimes a rainbow forms between the two falls, though we didn’t see one that day.
Photo 6: We decided to take a different way back and used Saddle Rd. It’s a faster way, though it doesn’t pass through any towns along the way. As we drove, we could see the Mauna Kea (the dormant volcano, not hotel) to our side.