Ok I just deleted an entire post I’ve been working on for a week (on purpose this time). I had it sitting in my draft folder, hoping I would start to feel better about what I had written. I didn’t. So it got deleted.
Don’t worry, this is not a cry for help nor is it a request for validation. It is more of a reminder that I should be writing about what I want to write about. And that something, despite all the fun adventures we had there, is not Waimea.
I do want to write about Hilo.
Why? Waimea was so much fun. There were beautiful views, and delicious food, and a game shop my husband abandoned me for so he could play Magic: The Gathering.
That is where we went glamping.
That is where we saw lava flowing into the ocean.
That is where we learned about shrimp that climb up waterfalls.
That is what I am writing about.
Months ago, while researching hostels, I came across Hamakua House. They advertised glamping in the rainforest. Sold. Seriously, that is all I knew before booking our stay. Upon arrival (which involved some tactical rainforest driving), we were pleasantly surprised to find bonuses that included, an open-air bathroom (attached to the main house), outdoor kitchen, and a fire pit. Only downside? No markets or restaurants nearby that are open past 6pm.
Not to worry, Hilo is only 25-30 minutes away. And they have everything you could ever need.
So what else did we get up to?
One day, we spent hiking Volcanoes National Park. I highly recommend the Kiluea Iki trail.
It took us maybe 2-2.5 hours to complete. But we also went out of our way to see the Thurston Lava Tube, which will add maybe an extra mile to the already 4 mile loop.
Also, as I mentioned above, we rented bikes in Kalapana and rode down the evacuation road to see lava flowing into the ocean. $20 per bike. Free to walk. Guided tours available also. Just don’t arrive any earlier than 3pm and plan on leaving by 9pm.
We also found a nice spot one morning along the Hilo scenic route to have breakfast on the beach and watch the sunrise.
There are also a ton of waterfalls. Akaka Falls State Park is right down the road from Hamakua House. It’s a fantastic way to spend an hour.
Lesson learned: Write because you want, not because you should. Oh and always get condensed milk on top of your shave ice.