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Explore the changed landscape brought about by Kilauea's recent activity and see the sites of Hilo.
When you travel through the "mainland" United States National Park system, you will often hear stories on how glaciers carved out the beautiful views in front of you. Well, glaciers aren't the only mammoth force of mother nature to dramatically change an ecosystem and nobody knows that better than the people of Hawaii.
Your small group tour will start at Rainbow Falls, known in the Hawaiian language as "rainbow water." On sunny mornings, this natural phenomenon projects rainbows as it flows over a natural lava cave.
We'll move on to Volcanoes National Park, where the recently active Kilauea Volcano has significantly changed the landscape of the park and its surroundings. A stop at the Visitors Center will help to understand the monumental forces at work and see the resulting changes at the Kilauea Iki Crater Look-out. See not only the topographic changes but also steam vents and sulfur banks, a constant reminder that, although Kilauea is not currently active, it is far from dormant. We will then walk through the Thurston Lava Tube formed by lava flows.
We will pass by downtown Hilo and the Liliuokalani Japanese Garden.
The Liliuokalani Flower Nursery will dazzle the senses with color, fragrance and architecture. Named in honor of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, this beautifully landscaped park is the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan.
As we make our way to the Macadamia Nut Farm, we'll drive past the orchards and upon arrival, see the production and processing of one of Hawaii's most famous agricultural products. This is a wonderful place to purchase a casual, picnic-style lunch and sweet treats (such as delightful coconut macadamia nut ice cream...YUM!) and sample their many varieties of flavored nuts.
As we make our way back to town, we'll stop at a black sand beach, formed by a volcano. Your feet will appreciate how the action of waves and time have turned what was once rock-hard lava into fine black sand. Hopefully we'll be lucky enough to spot a Green Sea Turtle or two, frequently seen in this area.
- Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk short distances unaided.
- Bottled water will be provided.
- This tour takes a minimum of 4 passengers and a maximum of 20 per van. There may be multiple vans.
Days offered: 7 days a week