You always get unexpected surprises when you travel, good, bad and the best kind: places that weren’t on your list that ended up being highlights. We saw “historic banyan trees” just off the Hilo Bayfront and had to go see. That led us to Liliuokalani Gardens.
Now I must admit: to this point of the tour I was a bit underwhelmed. It’s difficult to impress a California girl because we have Yosemite and Burney Falls in the backyard! But then we drove farther north to Akaka Falls State Park. Skip the others, really, and go stright to Akaka. Then you’ll have more time to enjoy the Puna coastline.
Puna is the region of Hawai’i in which we are currently residing at Palms Cottage in Pahoa. We named the peace-freak, tie-dyed hippie bear Puna. The three of us fit in quite nicely here.