This was supposed to be a Christmas Break trip, but since the air ticket prices were horrendous, we took off later, on Dec 28th, and came back on Jan 12th 1999. We flew to Honolulu and stayed there in a hostel for the first 5 days. During that time, we explored the island of Oahu and bought air tickets to another two islands, Hawaii (Big Island) and Maui. On Jan 2nd we flew to Hilo in the Big Island, rented a car there and made a circle around the Big Island, visiting Hawaii Volcanoes Natl. Park, several beaches and making a 2 days hike into the uninhabited Waimanu valley on the northeast side of the island. On Jan 8th we flew to Kahului on Maui. We again rented a car and stayed first 3 nights at a campsite on a northwestern side of the island. From here we went whalewatching, made a circle around the western part of the island and went to se sunrise at the top of Haleakala volcano. Then we took pictoresque Hana Highway to the southern coast and stayed for 2 nights in the coastal part of the Haleakala Natl. Park. Here we hiked in the rainforest and stayed on the beach. After that, it was time to go home.
As usual, only pictures follow, main and time consuming story is in Czech. If you are interested to find out more, e-mail me. If I get enough responses, I might translate it into English.
Bus stop at the Honolulu Intl. Airport right after our arrival.
Waikiki Beach by some hotel.
Waikiki Beach from the falling-apart War Memorial swimming pool.
Battleship Arizona Monument in Pearl Harbor.
Overall view at the Pearl Harbor.
Battleship Missourri, new addition to the Pearl Harbor attractions.
Makapuu Beach Park on the southwestern coast of Oahu.
Hanauma Bay Beach Park, western side.
Hanauma Bay Beach Park, eastern side, with the visible coral reef (dark).
Toilet bowl, a hole in the lava on the rocky side shore of Hanauma Bay during and after flush.
Mormon Temple on Oahu.
Huge wave on the north Oahu shore.
Small pineaple at the Dole Plantation Visitor's Center.
Sulfur vents at the Kilauea caldera.
Halem'uma'u Crater in the western part of Kilauea caldera.
On the bottom of Kilaeua Iki Crater.
Kilaeua Iki Crater from the rim.
Petroglyphs in the lava.
Lava flow into the ocean from the distance.
Part of the road not covered by lava.
Lava flow into the ocean, at night.
Black sand at the Punaluu Beach Park.
Waipio Valley from the top lookout, to the north.
Waipio Valley from the bottom, towards the south.
North side of the Waimanu Valley from the bottom.
Climbing up the Waimanu trail.
Waimanu Valley from the top, view to the north.
Kaplopa State Park Campground, one of the best equipped camps I've been to.
Akaka Falls on the eastern side of the Big Island.
Pictures from the whalewatching, tail, spine and fin.
Iao Needle in the Iao valley on the western Maui (also called Maui Yosemite).
Cool mountain on the western Maui coast.
Blowhole on the western Maui coast.
Sunrise on the top of Haleakala volcano.
Part of the Haleakala Crater.
Western Maui from Haleakala.
Coastline at the Kipahulu (coastal) part of the Haleakala Natl. Park.
Small falls before Waimoku Falls in the Kipahulu.
Waimoku Falls itself.
Baldwin Beach Park, our last beach on Maui.
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