Day Trip to the Big Island on June 23
hawaii01  We got up early and the Polynesian AdventureTours tour bus met us at the entrance of our hotel at 5:00 am.  We have just arrived at the airport in Kona  and met Harry for the circle tour of the big island of Hawaii.  We were promised a full day of activities and we got what we were promised.  The tour was approximately 260 miles and we got back to our hotel at the end of the day at about 8:30 pm.  The next page is from their web page, an itinerary of our trip.  hawaii03  Hawaii Circle Tour The island of Hawaii is a reminder that nature never rests - as evidenced by the spectacular Kilauea Volcano, just one of our many stops on this comprehensive tour of our largest island. You'll sample the true beauty of Hawaii on this scenic 260-mile circle island adventure.  Kailua Town - View Kealakekua Bay -  Place of Refuge -  Coffee Plantations -  Black Sand Beach -  Volcanoes National Park -  Volcano House -  Steam Bluffs & Crater Drive -  Jagger Museum -  Volcano Observatory -  Thurston Lava Tube - Fern Tree Jungle -  Orchid & Anthurium Nursery -  City of Hilo (drive through) - Macadamia Nut Factory -  Water Falls -  Hamakua Coast -  Parker Ranch Lands -  Waimea District  hawaii04a  Our tour guide's name is Harry and he was born and raised on the island in Hilo.  A little later I will have a picture of Harry.  hawaii05a  Black Sand Beach 
hawaii06a  Black Sand Beach  hawaii07a  Black Sand Beach  hawaii08a  Black Sand Beach  hawaii09a  Lava Flows on the way past South Point toward Volcanoes NP 
hawaii10a  South Point  hawaii11a  Bay of Refuge  hawaii14a  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau  hawaii15a  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau 
hawaii16a  Pu'uhonua O Honaunau  hawaii17a  Harry, Our Guide  hawaii18a  Jo from Volcano House looking at Halema`uma`u Crater  hawaii19a  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 
hawaii20a  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  hawaii21a  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  hawaii22a  Thurston Lava Tube  hawaii23a  Thurston Lava Tube 
hawaii24a  Thurston Lava Tube  hawaii25a  The $20,000.00 Orchid  hawaii26a  A distant look at Pu`u `Ō `ō Crater  hawaii27a  Water Falls