Hi Michael and Missy,
Have really enjoyed all your comments about Hawaii. Did you go to a luai? Which one and how would you rate it? We are going on the Legend April 15 taking the same route you did only we have one extra day at sea. Do you know why it is a day longer?
Shelley & ChuckMissy & Michael wrote:
> We just returned from the islands last night and did some
> spectacular things in Hilo. We were able to visit a small
> village (Kalapana) where until 1990 was a nice quiet
> beachfront community that only the locals knew about. Now,
> what used to be the bay is now one big lava flow. We were
> able to hike (walk) to where the new black sand beach is
> forming. One of the former homes that used to be beachfront
> is now at least 200 yds from the ocean. It was weird to walk
> where there used to be ocean!! There was also a neat little
> story board that had pictures before, after & during the
> flow. Pretty impressive.
> We also went down a new road that just opened in September,
> then closed 2 weeks later (due to lava activity), and has now
> reopened. The road will take you over some of the newest
> lava flow to where you can park your car and hike (walk) to
> within about 1/4 mile from where the lava is flowing into the
> ocean. (They have security to make sure you don't go any
> closer, due to the fact that in the 90s several people were
> killed and more were injured when they got too close and the
> "bench" that they were standing on collapsed and went into
> the ocean).
> Some days you can see a waterfall of lava flowing, and others
> you can just see the steam to where the lava is trickling
> into the ocean. The day we were there, it was mostly
> trickling into the water with the occasional larger flows.
> Even then, it was unbelievable!!!!! This is where you can
> hike to around 7 miles from the park to see. I would have to
> say it was much easier driving most of the way!! We were
> also able to experience the lava flow from the ship at
> night. It was very exciting to see the glowing red coming
> down the volcano and spilling into the ocean!
> If you have any more questions on Hilo or any of the other
> islands, just let us know!!