"On and Off the Road on the Big Island" Hawaii (Big Island) by Roadquill

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The New, the Old and the .......

The last time I was on the Big Island it was probably 1980. We had to fly in to Hilo and then drive two plus hours to Kona. The short 20 minute drive to our hotel at the Hilton Waikaloa was convenient, but I do miss cruising through the Island. The Kona side from just North of Kona to fifteen miles North is just a big lava flow with an occasional luxury hotel complex. The lava black flows are decorated with white coral, with names, sayings, figures, etc. There are also memorials to those that have died on the road. It is a dangerous road, as there were two accidents in the few days I was there, and I was only on the roads for a few hours.

Then there is the East side

The East side gets the rain, and then blocks the clouds with the two towering mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, causing the clouds to cool, dump their moisture and then what ever is left finally makes it to the Kona side

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  • Pros:Warm, sunny, diverse, fun Islanders
  • Cons:traffic
  • Last visit to Hawaii (Big Island): Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2008
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