The Big Island, Hawaii; Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (Hapuna Beach to Mauna Kea Beach)

Aloha! In my previous post The Big Island, Hawaii; Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (King’s Trail & petroglyphs, Waikoloa), I wrote about the volcanic King’s Trail, which forms part of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The Ala Kahakai is actually a 175 mile trail network, formed 20 years ago to help protect the areas of cultural…

The Big Island, Hawaii; Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (King’s Trail & petroglyphs, Waikoloa)

Aloha! If you’ve been following my blog recently, you may know that we were somewhat serendipitously stranded on the Big Island of Hawaii during the Coronavirus lockdown, from March to the beginning of June.  You can read about some of our adventures and the experience of lockdown 8,000 miles from home in my previous posts.…

Hiking Hawaii: Volcanoes National Park, Big Island

When you think of the Big Island of Hawaii, chances are the first things that come to mind are volcanoes.  Not surprising, as out of the five volcanoes which are considered active in Hawaii, four of them are on Hawai’i Island.  The opportunity to walk among these incredible forces of nature is why millions flock…

Hunkering down in Hawaii (part 2)..lockdown in Paradise

It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks since I first wrote about sheltering in place on the Big Island of Hawaii (Hunkering down in Hawaii: social distancing on the Big Island).  I thought I’d write a little update on the situation here, as we wait to see if and when we can begin to…

Hawaii, Big Island National Parks: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau & Kaloko-Honokohau

Aloha! If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that we’re still “sheltering in place” on the Big Island of Hawaii - monitoring the current situation until it’s safe and possible to head back to the UK. Some of our travel plans had to be cancelled, but we were lucky enough to be able to…

The Big Island, Hawaii; Kona Cloud Forest & Maka’ula O’Oma Trail

Aloha! When we first arrived on the Big Island, over a month ago, the world was still relatively normal.  As normal as it ever has been.  No-one was in “lock down” and the Global panic around the Coronavirus was only just starting to escalate (I talked about our trip so far in my previous post Hunkering…

Hunkering down in Hawaii: social distancing on the Big Island

As I write this from a very quiet lanai, overlooking beautiful gardens somewhere on the Big Island, it’s strange to think how much the world has changed in the past two weeks or so.  It’s incredibly quiet here.  The wind rustles the palms, a bright green gecko is stalking along the wall, colourful birds are…