First stop upon landing.. why the Kona Brewery of course!
We spent the rest of the day exploring and enjoying the area. For those of you that have been to Maui (more specifically Lahaina) i'm sure you've experienced Front St. with all their local shops/restaurants, etc. We found a similar place in Kona on Alii Ave.
We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort which is an older hotel, but the view was amazing!!
(sidenote - do NOT travel with Pacific Wings, we've heard nothing but horror stories everytime we mention it to people on Maui!!)
Just a little background. Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, and the Big Island has gained over 475 acres of land in the past 30 years. So it is the largest island, but also considered the "youngest" -- Though the lava is "slow moving" in the Mauna Loa eruption in 1984 it covered 20 miles in 24 hours... scary thought. Even scarier.. scientists say that the volcanoes (3 active on Big Island) have one more explosion that will devastate the entire island before they become extinct..
Older lava flows completely wiping out vegetation.
Where the lava meets the Pacific..
Lava flows left from the Hilo eruption in 1983
If you ever get to the Big Island, or are visiting Hawaii and can island hop for a day... get to Hilo and get in a helicopter. It was amazing and something I will never forget. (We used Blue Mountain Helicopters, they have tours on all the islands and were great!)
Well, after this, back to the drama. My parents were able to track down some flights for us and we booked one for Sunday morning to get back to Maui, but we still needed to leave from Kona (3 hours away). We decided to go to take the northern route back to Kona and stopped at Akaka Falls on the way for a short hike..
note the sidekick tote.. I love how much it fits! Great bag!
For those that don't follow on instagram (@knotted_thread) if you're interested.. My dad, for as long as I can remember has had flowers delivered to the house for me for my birthday. This is the first birthday I wasnt living at home. He and boyfriend worked together and had the most gorgeous, fragrant, flower lei delivered to the hotel.
I still can't get over that people make these..
All in all, even with the headaches of the flight... what an amazing weekend.
Back to the real world this week, with some work days and sewing deadlines
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled sewing programming later this week :)
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