After seeing Akaka Falls, we headed towards our final destination of the day, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout. We stopped at Tex Drive-In to enjoy the malasadas, and they were delicious!
The major destination of Day 7 is Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. We saw a lot of tropical flowers and recognized a few ones that we also had in Taiwan.
This was our last day of our trip. Although our B&B provided pancakes, we still came to Cafe 100 to try out the traditional Hawaii cuisine, Loco Moco. It is also the cheapest restaurant we’ve ever been to on Big Island!
We dedicated the entire Day 6 for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I am glad that I modified the plan because half of a day was just not enough. We visited most of the destinations in the park, including Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Sulfur Banks, Thurston Lava Tube, and Chains of Crater Road. Of course, the most memorable moment is to see the glowing lava after dark!
It has been many years since I had Thai food. For some reason, there are many recommended Thai restaurants on Big Island, so I chose Sombat’s Fresh Thai Cuisine to give this Southeast Asian cuisine a try.
We arrived Hilo at around 4 pm. After we checked in to our B&B, we visited Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls which are very close by.
The highlight of Day 5 was visiting Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. It is one of the few black sand beaches in the world and very easy to access.