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HeidiHo November 3rd, 2001 06:35 PM

what to do in hilo?
 
our ship will dock in hilo? any ideas on what to do while we're there?
thanks!!

Pooh Bear November 3rd, 2001 06:52 PM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
Don't miss Volcanoes National Park (be sure to take the chain of craters drive - and drive down to the ocean from the volcano. The "Place of Refuge" is closer to Kona (or ship docked first in Kona then cruised around to Hilo) than it is to Hilo, but we enjoyed a few minutes spent there. Akaka Falls is beautiful. South Point is nice.

You might want to visit the web site for each island (or GO.com for each island) and request information or print out directions, etc. from the net.

That's what we did to prepare for the trip.

Enjoy.
Pooh Bear
=^-.-^=

Missy & Michael November 6th, 2001 10:52 PM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
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!!

Jan November 14th, 2001 04:42 PM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
You have to see the volcano!!! If you have time, I would do both the helicopter tour and go up to the Nat'l Park. But if you can only do one, definitely do the helicopter! You get such an amazing perspective from the air - plus, that's really the best way to see the lava flowing. We did our tour with Tropical Helicopters - and it was only $99.
Have a nice vacation!!

Ann December 4th, 2001 12:49 AM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
We are doing the cruise San Deigo to Hawaii sailing on January 17th - HAL - How would I look up Tropical Helicopters?

How long was your flight for $99.?

Ann

Jan December 11th, 2001 04:41 PM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
Hi Ann,

Well, very fun for you!! You can find Tropical Helicopters on the internet - www.tropicalhelicopters.com The tour we did was about 45 minutes and it was amazing!!
Hope you guys have an awesome cruise!!!

Jan

shelley January 27th, 2002 01:38 PM

Re: what to do in hilo?
 
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!!


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