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34 Year old local government finance worker, about to visit Hawaii for three weeks. Hoping to hike, cycle, snorkel, see the sights, and learn something new such as diving or surfing.
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Richard was a great guest. He is one of the most polite people we’ve ever met. He’s a wealth of information and even explained why the British drive on the left side of the road. He has a great sense of humor and we had lots of fun during his visit to the Big Island. We rendezvoused at the airport and did a brief tour of Hilo before going to Rainbow Falls. We went behind the falls to see the crazy trees that appear to actually grow into one another and then hiked into the “Boiling Pots” just behind the actual waterfall. After that, we drove the 4-mile scenic drive just north of Hilo. There’s a path that leads down to a botanical garden and two very beautiful ocean inlets. We did lots of other stuff, too. We went up to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park where we enjoyed great views of Kilauea crater and the Kilauea Caldera, and up close gazes into some of the steam vents that dot the volcano. We also walked through the Thurston Lava Tube which was pretty cool. After a late afternoon picnic at 3,500 feet, we headed back down from the most active volcano in the world. We went to the Wednesday night Kalapana Farmers Market, which is more of a celebration than a farmers market. There’s lots of great hot food at the celebration as well as live music, hula dancing and potential lava viewing depending on weather conditions. On Richard’s last day, we went to watch the surfers at Isaac Hale Beach Park before visiting Ahalanui Park where a natural geothermal hot spring warms a lovely little tide pool that you can soak in. After that we climbed down to Kehena Beach where nude people and fully clothed dolphins frolic in the sun and sand. We definitely recommend hosting Richard. We consider him a friend and very much hope that he visits us again the next time he finds himself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thank you, Richard.