Last November, my family and I took a trip to the Big Island, and it was more than we could have ever imagined. Our children got to experience everything Hawaii Volcanoes National Park had to offer, and we saw some amazing waterfalls in and around Hilo! We dug our toes into some black (and green!) sand, snorkeled in thermally heated pools, saw wild horses, ate amazing food, and ultimately, fell in love with the island and its’ people. I remember telling my husband I couldn’t wait to take the kids back when they got older so they could experience it all again. Little did I know an eruption would occur months later forever changing the landscape of the Big Island.
As you are all aware, the Kilauea volcano eruption wiped out some of the Big Island’s most beloved destinations. While some of the island’s popular spots have been forever lost, many of it’s treasures, such as the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, still remain. Park officials have recently stated that some areas of the park will reopen as early as September 22. While there is still much work to be done to fully restore many of the park’s attractions, park officials are encouraging people to visit and reflect on the amazing changes caused by such a powerful force. I would personally love to go back to witness the changes that have occurred in the park since our trip last November. If you’ve never been I highly recommend going! The entire experience was not only educational and engaging, but also breathtaking.
Have you ever visited the Big Island? What was your favorite spot and did it survive the eruption? I’d love to hear from you!