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A Polynesian adventure

Morning!

The weather here in Hawaii is absolutely bonkers. In the space of two minutes it will go from blistering heat to gale force wind then over to tropical downpour. I quite like it though. My life is a bit poncho on poncho off poncho on poncho off currently haha!

Yesterday we went on our much anticipated volcano hike. I say much anticipated because Tom booked it in January, much to the delight of our taxi driver, who said “you’re so organised! I love this guy! You’re so lucky!” (To me haha)

The hike wasn’t so much a hike but more of a coach tour. It  wasn’t what we were expecting really, but we had a good time. Our tour guide, Walter, grew up on the island and taught us all about the plants and wildlife, which I found fascinating.

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There’s loads of plants like the above everywhere, and wild orchids too. (Can you tell it was chucking it down?!)

On our way to the volcano, we passed a lava beach, formed when the molten lava enters the see, and cools, creating a brand new coastline.

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After a visit to rainbow waterfall, we went to a macadamia nut factory (tasted amazing) through papaya groves.

We then headed up to killer whale volcano. ( i can’t remember the Hawaiian name – whoops) Walter the tour guide had the most soothing voice I’ve ever heard and the combination of that and the heat meant we literally couldn’t stay awake! Haha!

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Behind Tom, you can see the crater and sulphur coming from the magma within the volcano.

We then went on the sulphur walkway (smelt like farts) and we were warned to stay on the path due to jets of boiling steam coming out from cracks in the earth.

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(In case you were wondering, a flower behind the right ear means your available, and behind the left means you’re spoken for)

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After the summit, we were taken to a lava field. I must admit, waking up to the landscape was very surreal, I felt like I’d woken up on Mars!

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As you can probably tell, it was pissing it down!! Everytime I put my poncho on, it would flap in the wind creating a lot of hilariously embarrassing noise pollution, so I decided to brave the t shirt – at least it was warm.

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On our way back down to Hilo, my phone buzzed and I looked down to find this…

imageSlightly worrying huh? Anyway, nothing came of it, so I can thank modern technology for scaring the shit out of me for no reason.

Today we are flying back to Honolulu. Tomorrow we’re doing a scuba dive guaranteed to see turtles (!!) and then we fly to Fiji that evening.

Dont be too jealous, the money will run out soon and we will be scrubbing toilets. Lots of love!

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Aloha from Hawaii!

We stepped off the plane to Honolulu and instantly noticed a difference in the air from LA. The air felt hot and wet, a bit like like a steam room!

imageIn the airport there are vending machines selling lei. Not something you see everyday!

imageAfter dumping our bags in the hostel, we walked straight down to Waikiki beach. It’s amazing that there’s huge high rise hotels against the beach. The sea is so wonderfully clear and blue. There were loads of surfers too, which Hawaii is famous for.

imageWatching the sunset on the beach was absolutely stunning! After a sushi and beer tea on the beach, we wandered back towards our hostel and stumbled across a bunch of Hawaiin locals singing and playing their ukuleles. As we stood to listen, they invited us to sit down. We then watched a few of the women doing the hula dance and they asked me to join in! I was pretty rubbish, but it was an incredible experience!

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Today we woke up, and left our big bags at the hostel and had a beach day. We found this incredible tree (above) which was so cool that I shouted “you are the best tree I have ever seen!” at it! The branches hung down and then took root in the ground. I couldn’t fit the whole tree into the photo it was so big!

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I love Hawaii! I could live here, so chilled. I just need to learn to surf now!

Hawaii is made up of a few islands, and today we took a 45 minute flight to Hilo (the locals call it Big Island) we arrived in torrential downpour in the dark, and got a taxi to our hostel… Only to find the hostel had closed down and we were alone, getting soaked in the dark in a town that looks like something from a Wild West movie.

Luckily we found another hostel to stay in, which looks like somewhere you would stay if you were doing an African Safari in the 1930s!

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Behind tom is actually a bird cage with two songbirds inside, called Sonny and Cher haha!

Things that made me laugh:

– the “hostile dog”… We then realised the receptionist meant “hostel dog.” Phew.

– these:

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Only in America!

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