11. August 2022
Day 69: Big Island - Hilo
While I was sleeping a bit longer today (until ~08:00), Nicole already checked what we could do during the day. One interesting option she found were the Kaumana Caves, for which we decided to start with.
On the opposite of the parking lot we were greeted by a sign, confirming that we are at the right place.
There is a short staircase which leads to the ground of the cave, which was a lava tube, so formed by flowing lava around 1881. From there we started exploring, the first part of the cave as wide and open and we could easily walk.
Then there was a first short narrow section, which could be passed with crouched walking. Then the cave opened up again and the lava flow was really good visible.
After a bit the cave started to narrow more and we had to crouch a short stretch, before it opened up again. Seemed a bit like a pattern :)
We followed the cave a bit more but then a really narrow passage came and we called it a day. It wasn’t clear if it would open up again or would stay like this and we hadn’t helmets, glove or long trousers.
The most beautiful part was the entrance of the cave, here the plants and the light created a really beautiful scene.
Done with the cave, our next (quick) stop was Rainbow Falls, which is a pretty Fall, but we hope for a bit more walking/hiking around it. But there is really just a parking lot with a viewing spot.
Wailoa River State Park
As we couldn’t get the movement at the Rainbow Falls, we went to the Wailoa River State Park and did some hiking there. The feature we liked the most were the bridges, which were quite steep.
As our movement thirst was stilled, we went for a swim in the Carlsmith Beach Park. Then we moved back into our Home and watched Thirteen Lives on Amazon, first Movie in over 2 Months.
We planned for the movie already yesterday, so it wasn’t inspired by the caving from today :)
Now as I started to write this blog post, we got a really huge flying cockroach (or something really similar…) in our room. Was quite a hunt, but sticking the vacuum cleaner to an umbrella led to a success… Good night -.-