"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."
On the top of our list are volcanoes. We have seen many already, also here in Hawaii. But we really saved one of the best volcanic area's of Hawaii for last. Haleakala National Park on Maui. Haleakala means 'house of the sun' in Hawaiian and we planned to go there on a Friday. In just 60 km we drive up from sea level to an altitude of 3,055 m. That is tough business for our car and the driver (me). I have to say, I simply love winding roads. About halfway up the mountain we find the clouds stubbornly hanging loose. Why not, Hawaii is all about hanging loose. Will it be clear on top? We keep on driving until... we are above the clouds. Nice! We check with the ranger at the visitor center for the forecast and he tells us it might even be clear in the 'crater' below the clouds. Okay, let's go down and see.
Moloka'i, the friendly island and the island of belgian Father Damian. We arrive after a smooth ferry ride from Lahaina, Maui. Along the way we even spotted some humpback whales jumping or just swimming. We have rented a car via some local rental agency suggested by the hotel. They never really confirmed until yesterday evening. The car should be waiting for us in the harbour, with the keys under the mat. Well, let's see... And of course it is there. Probably the car of grandma. An old Toyota Yaris sedan, with some funny seat covers and very basic equipped. The doors open with key only. Hihi... well, it is a small island. We get in, I start the car and push the gas. We both are pushed back in our seats. This old guy has power!
"He ali'i ka 'āina, he kauā ke kanaka." - The land is chief, man is the servant.
Before I came to Hawaii I decided that this would be THE place to do my first helicopter flight ever. I have seen some youtube movies and knew it, this is it. Big Island was the place where it should happen. Possibly over some volcano, hopefully spotting some lava. We booked a flight with Safari Tours for April the 2nd, in the front 2 seats.
That is the question... We booked all nights from our home computers, not knowing where we would get ourselves in to. For cost saving the idea of using airbnb popped up. Airbnb, I heard of it, but have no clue what it is. 'You're staying with people in their homes', my friend said. Well, that can be fun. As long as we are doing this together I don't mind. And so the search for airbnb hosts started. Create an account, let airbnb qualify you as decent and trustworthy (me?) and start searching for nice places. Let me give you some insight in our hosts on Hawaii and the great (yes, absolutely great) time we had so far.
For me, Hawaii is volcano. My main goal of this trip is to see the Kilauea, Halema'uma'u crater and more. Lava, steaming vents, sulphur smell... well, we are on the right island. Big Island, land of Pele, beach boys and... 5 gigantic volcanoes. Mauna Loa even being the biggest volcanomon earth, calculated in mass from the sea floor. It looks like a small hill, but the top is over 4000m high.
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