As you (might) have realised, we have been out of touch for a long time now – life just got busy and we happened to have moved to a place far far away… from any mountains. Nonetheless, we have decided to start keeping you once again updated about our less frequent, but nonetheless big, adventures.
And we are coming back with a HUGE and adventure-intensive one: Hawaii!
It just so happened that I (Luca) had to come here on a work trip, which we decided to follow-up with some exploration of the amazing surroundings. Just to let you know, flights to here from Europe are around 1000€, so strictly speaking this trip is less ‘small budget’ than normal, though flights aside we’ll try and be reasonable as per usual.
As you might know, the state of Hawaii is part of the US and is formed by an archipelago of volcanic origin in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, at tropical (+20deg) latitudes. That means that its weather is pretty much constant throughout the year, with day temperatures always in the high 20s (Celsius) at sea level. However, its climate can go from humid and tropical at sea level, to dry, cold and mountainous up on the volcanoes, which reach above an astonishing 4000m above sea level.
To allow you to find your way, here is a map of the islands:
Honolulu is the main city in the State, and is located on the island of Oahu. Although I spent some days here at the beginning of my business trip, for the holiday part we will only use the city to fly through in between islands and on the way from/to Europe.
Our travels will focus on two islands, Hawai’i (commonly known as Big Island to avoid confusion), and Kauai. Arriving in Hilo airport, we will be spending the first few days exploring the Big Island, which might entail things like visiting the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for some lava-spotting, a lot of snorkeling, drinking local coffee, whale-watching, hiking and camping (of course). Then, we will fly into Lihue airport on the island of Kauai, where the main focus will be on hiking the world-renowned Kalalau Trail, along an 11 mile stretch of the famous Na Pali coast. As well as that, we will be visiting the Waimea Canyon State Park for more (though quite different) amazing landscapes and general awesomeness.
All-in-all, it’s going to be a great trip and we can’t wait to both experience it and tell you about it! So stay tuned – live updates will begin next week.
And to conclude, here are some teaser pictures that I have taken on my trip so far!
View of Honolulu and its Waikiki beach from the plane (Oahu):
And sunset above the clouds from the Mauna Kea Visitor Center at 2800m altitude, with the Mauna Loa volcano in the background (Big Island):