This may take a few posts, but I'm finally getting around to documenting out trip to Hawaii. We've been home for 2 weeks and I want to get this posted before I forget details.
It was an absolutely amazing trip - but what trip to Hawaii isn't?? After waking up at 4 am to get everything in car, including kids, we had a relatively smooth trip to Hawaii. Flights were on time and the kids did well. We flew from Oakland CA to Honolulu HI then took a short flight from Oahu to the Big Island, landing at Kona Airport. Kona is the cutest little airport. Everything is outdoor, gates and all and it's right on the coast so you get to enjoy the view of the pacific as soon as you get there. Before this trip we had only been to the island of Oahu (and we LOVE that island), so we were excited to try out a new island. The Big Island is very different than Oahu. Obviously, it's much bigger, but the terrain is very different too. I believe it's the youngest of all the islands and it has the world's most active volcano, which has been errupting since the early 1980s. We stayed on the dry side of the Island. The Hilo side is very wet and rain foresty. So we got the best of both world's - lot's of sun at our resort and then we drove to the beautiful greenery on the other side of the island. All that will come later with pictures.
The picture below is from the pond area facing out toward the ocean. The wall is washed away and the ocean water is flowing through.
This was our experience with the Tsunami. I hope to never have another one. I'm grateful for our safety and that we had a place to go.