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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Paddlers leave Kamakahonu Beach Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii has a rich history. King Kamehameha the first was originally a chief of this area before uniting the Hawaiian Islands and becoming king of hawaii. He chose Kona as his seat of government and it became the capitol of the Hawaiian Islands once he was king. The King Kamehameha Beach hotel (otherwise known as the Courtyard Marriot) is located on Ali'i Drive and has excellent lobby displays, including King Kamehameha's feathered cloak. The heiau in the area was the king's personal heiau. In later years the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii would move to Lahaina on the island of Maui and then again to Honolulu on the island of Oahu where it is today.
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Chain of Craters Road

Driving down Chain of Craters Road you will see Pauahi Crater and many other pit craters formed in dramatic collapses as Kilauea Volcano evolved. The road crosses over many spectacular A'A and Pahoehoe lava flows both ancient as well as…

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Hawaii Volcano National Park

Once arriving Hawaii Volcano National Park, our tour first headed towards Halemaumau crater which began erupting in 2008 and has been ever since.  Before even arriving at the lookout, Halemaumau's massive plume of smoke was clearly visible.  When we got…

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Rainbow Falls

We left Akaka falls and headed towards Downtown Hilo where we drove pass many buildings erected in the early 1900s.  We headed up the mountain and soon arrived at Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls.  This waterfall is surrounded by very old,…

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Akaka Falls State Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5mT29UUvDE Our tour guide Kala helped the guests navigate through a densely vegetated rainforest filled with ginger, bamboo, pink bananas, heliconia, and many other exotic tropical flowering plants.  At the end of the trail, we came to a lookout with…

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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley, the Valley of the Kings.  In ancient Hawaii this valley was considered a sacred place to the ali'i (Hawaiian Royalty) and they would often gather here to decide the successors of their authority. The floor of the valley…

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