March 19, 2012

Big Island - Day 5 - Kohala Coast Beach

The Big Island has two main cities, Kona and Hilo. The northern part of the Kona side is known for their beaches, so of course we had to take a beach day along the famous Kohala Coast!

After weeks of planning and earmarking activities in our travel guide, I was bummed out that I left it at home. Thankfully, my college friend we visited earlier in the week was gracious enough to lend us her book, Hawaii the Big Island Revealed. It was a great guide for the island and helped us find a nearby beautiful beach where the kids could play and the adults could snorkel a bit. Hapuna Beach State Park was a good fit for all of those things.
The soft white sand beach was perfect to look at
and to dig in!
Kyle and I went for a hike. The guidebook mentioned something about thorns, and it was not joking. Those crazy trees dropped spikes that went through our reef shoes - glad we didn't try it barefoot!
At first it wasn't too exciting, but we were soon rewarded with some fun coves to explore!

Not sure how this car made it out back in the woods, but it is definitely not going back

After a long morning at the beach we had a light lunch at a nearby mall food court and then home to nap and get ready for Thanksgiving Dinner. Steaks and shrimp on the grill!

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