Volcanoes National Park

red flowers in the mist

Volcano is a small village outside Volcanoes National Park. We drove there via the coast road from Captain Cook. Day 1: Captain Cook to Volcano We went snorkeling at Kahaluu before we even had breakfast. It was good to get our faces in the water. We were there from 7:15-7:45 and it was filling up … Read more


Honaunau historical park

We enjoyed getting into the vacation spirit by visiting the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park on our first afternoon. The historical park has several traditional structures, including a setup for a game.  We found the totems? tikis? — we’re not sure what they’re called — fascinating.  It’s right on the beach. You can also … Read more

South Kona Coast

green shore with blue ocean in background

We spent a night in Captain Cook at the historic Manago Hotel on our first night in Hawaii. It was a great way to ease into vacation mode.  Day 0: Home to Grand Rapids, MI We booked a park-sleep-fly in Grand Rapids for the night before since we had an early flight. Day 1: Grand … Read more