Women on the GrOw's Big Island Debut
"Had a wonderful trip to the Big Island, Hawaii with a friend and 8 other women I didn't know. Had an awesome adventure hiking, swimming, exploring, and meeting new people. The camaraderie between the group was amazing. Kim and Tracy were so flexible with the itinerary and really went the extra mile to make our trip an extraordinary adventure. Can't wait to go on future trips!" - Penni P.
Yup, we have some fabulous memories from our trip to the Big Island in Hawaii. Luckily we went when we did as the topography has changed quite a bit after eruptions and lava flows have taken place since our visit.
The Birth pains of Kilauea
We were able to witness the birthing pains of the ensuing eruption on Kilauea as molten lava spurted up in the caldera while we were standing in the dark admiring the view. The evening took on a whole new glow. Wow!
Our time on the Big Island was spent covering as much ground as we could possibly fit in during the week we were there. We had an energetic bunch of women who were ready for anything and willing to go anywhere as long as Hawaiian coffee was included.
Our Hike into a dormant crater
Being the troopers that they were, one of our first activities included an early morning hike into Kilauea Iki Crater. We marveled at the steaming lava vents and soaked in the peace and quiet of a sunrise start to the day. Each of us had our own version of "church" as we quietly walked down into the crater and ventured over to the numerous steam vents to inspect.
Our stop at a local farmer's market was definitely a bonus stop. Who can forget the perfectly ripened pineapple that we sliced with a $1 knife we also purchased at the market? The juices and sweetness of a pineapple ripened on the plant cannot even be compared to the green pineapples we purchase in the grocery stores on the mainland.
Hawaii was our saltwater playground
Snorkeling in the Pacific is always a must do when on the Hawaiian islands. Our very first day was a sunny thrill as we discovered ancient ruins, relished the warm sands of the beach, and swam with the tropical fish in the corals just offshore. For most it was their first time putting on a snorkel mask. What better place to learn to snorkel!?
One of the highlights for everyone was our secret waterfall. We had a personal friend with private property who allowed us access to our own private rushing waterfall and stream to play in! We played like children in a swimming pool...a lush tropical one!
Using boogie boards, kayaks, and our own propulsion we swam, jumped, and giggled with glee at the awesome beauty and experience that was solely ours. Breathtaking!
Kona Coffee Rules!
And, of course, it wouldn't be a trip to the Big Island without a tour at a Kona Coffee Plantation. The day included free Kona coffee samples, a tour of the grounds, avocado picking, and signing up for coffee deliveries to our addresses back home. Smell the coffee aroma straight from Hawaii! We even had the chance to walk on the drying beans!
What can we say? Hawaii was good to us. We basked in the tropical temps, hiked new terrain, witnessed an active volcano, ate numerous Hawaiian treats, picked our own mangoes and avocados, hiked up a portion of Mauna Kea and witnessed an electrical storm coming in, drank oodles of Kona coffee, and made lasting memories that we can only hope to surpass by going on another trip.