We start our day in Mountain View, sampling the famous Stone Cookies which have been a staple at the Mountain View Bakery since 1936. The bakery is located on Old Volcano Road and what would be a more appropriate follow-up than driving to the top of an old volcano?
Yes, we’re driving up the dormant volcano and sacred mountain Mauna Kea in this video. If you measure it from its base to its peak, Mauna Kea is actually taller than Mount Everest, coming in at around 10,000m. However, more than 60% of the mountain is below sea level.
The Mauna Kea Observatories have been invested in by eleven nations and rise above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere.
In this fourth in a series of videos, we start our day in Pahala before heading north to Hilo and visiting the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Akaka Falls. Afterwards we check out some old buildings in Honomu before visiting the Black Sand Beach at Punalu’u. Finally, we look at an abandoned theatre in Naalehu and then make another trip in the dark to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to view the erupting Kilauea volcano.
In this third in a series of videos, we start our day in Hilo before driving up the single lane road to the Mauna Loa observatory to find some Geocaches and then we drive across the Saddle Road so Emily can go on a night snorkel tour to view manta rays.
It’s amazing how much we have packed in on our first three days in Hawaii, with much more to come! Little did we know that two weeks after our visit Mauna Loa would erupt for the first time in nearly forty years and parts of the road we drove up would be covered in molten lava.