We arrived late at night in Hilo and this was the view from our cute little midcentury hotel room at the Dolphin Bay Resort.
North of Hilo (i.e., the wet side of the island)
Another coastal view.
Mynah birds in the tree outside of our house on the Kona side of the island.
Macadamia nuts from the grounds of our house. The house owner roasts the mac nuts from his trees and gave us a big (and yummy) containerful.
A Mai Tai at Don the Beachcomber--5 bucks at happy hour(!).
A fleck or two of olivine in some lava rocks at the beach.
Crab on the lava rocks.
Carving a tiki.
View at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park--which contains the old royal grounds.
Another view at Puuhonua o Honaunau.
Spinner dolphin leaping out of the water at Place of Refuge. They lik to leap--and spin, of course--out of the water.
Sam enjoys a happy hour Mai Tai at Don the Beachcomber.
Snorkeling with yellow tangs at a spot called Beach Club.
Gabe models his shorty suit at the Beach Club snorkel spot.
View of the old volcano.
A night heron.
That's a view of Maui in the distance. It's about 30 miles away and not always visible.
Ancient petroglyph at a historic site. The ancients had carved numerous shapes like this in the volcanic rock.
Gabe snorkeling at the Beach Club snorkel site.
Pencil urchins among the coral.
Sam snorkels at Beach 69 (named after the old mile marker along the road).
Sam snorkels at Place of Refuge which was probably our favorite snorkel spot.
A group of 30 or 40 spinner dolphins at Place of Refuge. The seemed to enjoy hanging out near the snorkelers.
Dolphin parent and child.
Sam watches the dolphins as they swim near us.