Saturday, March 28, 2009

Trip to Hawaiian Islands

Terry and I left San Diego on February 28, 2009 for a fifteen-day cruise to Hawaii with seven couples that belong to the Boomers club.

On Hilo, the east port of the "big Island" of Hawaii, we went on a tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We saw volcanic steam and black cinders. It reminded me so much of the area around Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. It even had the same putrid sulfur smell as Yellowstone. Everywhere you look there are beautiful tropical flowers. As we sailed to Kailua-Kona, on the other side of the island, we saw distant fire as the red lava flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

The first thing we saw in the port city of Kailua-Kona was a little grass hut. Terry and I wandered in the 1837 Mokuaikaua church where a docent was explaining Hawaiian history. Across the street, on the grounds of the Hulihee Palace, we watched as artists were painting various aspects of the palace. We couldn’t go inside because it is being renovated from damage from past storms.

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