Yes, Hawaii is beautiful. I went to the Big Island and we stayed in three cities: Kailua Kona, Hilo, and Wailokoa Village, so we basically went around the whole island.
A few surprises between there and here on the mainland:
- instead of squirrels, they have ferrets
- lots of wild cats and wild chickens
- wild vegetation (bamboos, mango trees, banana trees, aloe vera...)
- the sun and rain (off and on and on and off...)
We went to several beaches and my favorite was snorkeling at Kahulaa Beach in Kona. It was a great first time experience. I saw all kinds of fishes. One of my top goal was to see a sea turtle, which I did as two were on shore. Then while we were swimming, there swam two more. I wasn't too happy about not being able to see the volcanoe and lava though, although I understood that the weather played a big role and the steam was just making it too hard to see.
The Hilo Farmer's market was great, met some very nice and awesome people - a lady from Hong Kong that painted beautiful pictures and made beautiful jade jewelry from her uncle's factory that he carved; a man that made bamboo flutes and played it beautifully (which was a lot harder than I thought, I couldn't even get a note out).
A few photos of the couple hundreds I took from the Big Island of Hawaii.
Of course, I had to stop and get some fabrics.
I wouldn't mind going back to Hawaii, probably a different island, but the flight, I'm not a big fan of, as well as getting use to the time difference (5 hours behind central time). I love Hawaii!!!