Hotels, National Parks, Trip to Hawaii

Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii 1

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我把Hamakua, Hilo, Puna, 和火山國家公園這半邊的Ka'u都歸類為東邊的Hilo (地圖折半的東半邊).

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Hilo Hawaiian Hotel 據說是Hilo最好的飯店, 也不過如此 (床和枕頭不是很舒服), 實際上比官網的照片要老舊, 停車免費, 大廳有免費無線網路 (房間網路要收費, 所以我都是抱著電腦去大廳), 有小冰箱, 電視, 吹風機要跟櫃台拿.

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三樓窗外看出去的是Coconut Island. 晚上常會聽到很響亮的 "賭堆" 叫聲, 原已為是鳥聲, 後來才知道是蛙叫聲, 一直沒機會看到青蛙, 不過那個聲音之響亮, 要是隔音差, 你晚上肯定不用睡了.

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早餐Buffet很豐富 – 有白飯, 煎馬鈴薯絲, 炒蛋, 火腿, 美式香腸和培根, 麥片粥, 味增豆腐湯, Muffin, 土司, 優格, 四種果汁, 哈密瓜, 香瓜, 鳳梨, 西瓜, 木瓜等等, 不過連續吃上四天也是會膩.

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週六我們從Kona開到Hilo已經將近晚上八點, 飯店櫃台介紹的幾家餐廳後來去才知道多半已經打烊, 最後不得已, 只好去一家很貴又不好吃的日本餐廳 (忘了餐廳名字, 在一個Shopping Plaza).

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第四天的行程是(東南邊) Breakfast at Bear's Cafe > Hilo Sunday Farmer's Market on Hwy 130, between Ainaloa Blve & Ka Ohuwalu Dr (using address 16 Keaau Pahoa Rd, Pahoa for GPS) > Hwy 11 > Volcanoes NP > Dinner at Cafe Pasto

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Breakfast at Bear's Coffee (106 Keawe Street), 非常Local, 店不大, 室內六張方桌子, 室外五張小圓桌, Kona coffee, 店員非常友善, 是少數幾家咖啡店很早 (M-Sat 7:00am/Sun 8:00am) 開門做生意的 (最保險的就是去星巴克, 不過到夏威夷還去星巴克好像有點無聊).

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吃完早餐就前往Hilo Sunday Farmer's Market, on Hwy 130 (路邊就會看到), between Ainaloa Blve & Ka Ohuwalu Dr (using address 16 Keaau Pahoa Rd, Pahoa for GPS) 體驗一下當地居民的日常生活. 香蕉樹和木瓜樹有好多品種, 一大串Apple Banana只要二塊錢, 三個木瓜一塊錢, 一大份青木瓜沙拉六塊錢, 一份烤雞肉便當七塊.

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逛完農夫市場, 吃完午飯就去火山國家公園 (我們待了半天), 門票十塊/七天效期.

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白天看火山冒煙覺得很特別, 等後來我和攝影團是晚上去拍火山冒煙就更特別了.

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Lava Tube 入口

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Lava Tube

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有一個蠻長的健行步道是可以走在舊火山口 (淡白色煙霧狀橫跨東西向就是步道, 隱隱約約可以看到幾個人), 據說踩在上面感覺暖暖的, 而且很多地方還在冒煙.

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Chain of Creaters Road – 面積很大, 看起來很壯觀.

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Road Closed by 2003 Lava Flow.

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晚上回到Hilo後, 去Cafe Pasto吃晚餐 (308 Kamehameha Ave/ Daily 11-9), 菜色選擇不少, 服務不錯, 價格也親和多了, 而且好吃, 早點去還有現場演奏.

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Coconut Crusted Calamari – set on a slaw of arugula, won bok and pickled ginger accewted with honey mustard mango dipping sauce.

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Volcano Mist Salad -green, sweet local tomatoes, a smoky mozzarella drizzled with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with madam Pele crisped onion rings.

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Island Beef Special – grilled Kulana Tenderloin served on a bed of spinach with Gorgonzola meshed potatoes, grilled vine rippned tomatoes with balsamic mango reduction.

另外還有二家餐廳沒機會吃, 因為我們去到店門口才發現前者那家晚上八點就打烊, 後者那家週日不營業, 希望你有機會去試試, 再和我分享心得啦.

Sushi Hime 14 Furneaux Ln

Cafe Concerto 808 Kilauea Ave

 

相關閱讀: Big Island, Kona1, Kona2, Hilo2, Big Island Photo Workshop.

Hotels, Trip to Hawaii

Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii (夏威夷) 主要是由八個群島組成 – (from the northwest to southeast) Niʻihau(你好島), Kauaʻi(卡艾島), Oʻahu(歐胡島), Molokaʻi(莫洛凱島), Lānaʻi(拉奈島), Kahoʻolawe(卡胡拉威島), Maui(茂伊島), and Big Island(大島), 1959年才變成美國第五十州.

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Hawaii's coastline is approximately 750 miles (1,210 km) long, which is fourth in the United States after Alaska, Florida, and California.  Hawaii is one of two states that do not observe daylight saving time, the other being Arizona.

大部份的航班先飛往歐胡島的檀香山國際機場, 然後再轉機飛往各島, 部份主要城市有直飛其他各島 但班次可能不多.

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Big Island (大島) 分為六大區, 有二個機場 – 西邊的Kona & 東邊的Hilo. 大部份遊客飛往Kona, 因為Kona天氣比較好, 飯店和餐廳選擇較多, 而且有美麗的海灘和購物商店, 整體的旅遊相關設施比較完善.

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但是, 如果你喜歡自然景觀 – Water Falls, Rainballs, Volcanoes National Park, Mt. Mauna Kea (Hawaii’s tallest mountain, stands at 13,796 ft (4,205 m) but is taller than Mount Everest if followed to the base of the mountain, which, lying at the floor of the Pacific Ocean, rises about 33,500 ft (10,200 m))等, 就比較靠近東邊的Hilo (我這次參加的攝影團就在Hilo).

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Between Kona & Hilo, 如果你開北邊的Hwy190 + Hwy19, 大概開二個半小時; 如果你開南邊的Hwy11, 大概開三個半小時. 如果你租車, 租車合約是禁止開上橫跨東西段的Hwy200/220 (所以要問清楚各家規定). 如果你是探險型遊客, 建議租四輪傳動, 因為有些路況不佳, 加上有些地區手機訊號弱, 人煙稀少, 萬一車子出狀況很麻煩.

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Big Island的活動很多, 這裡介紹幾個活動讓大家參考:

西邊 Kona area:

* Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. – self-guided factory tour, observe the processing of 100% Hawaiian macadamia nuts and try out free samples in 7 different flavors.

* Kona Brewing Co. -Daily Brewery Tours at 10:30 and 3, Try 12 uniquely crafted Kna micro-brews on tap (我老公的最愛, 餐廳的食物也很讚喔)

* Greenwell Kona Coffee Farm – Daily tour from 8:30-4:30, free tasting. (其他Kona Coffee Farms還有MountainThunder.com, Honalea.com, ucc-hawaii.com, konablueskycoffee.com)

* Atlantis Submarines -  看海底景色

* Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert & Village Stroll (Art, Food, Music event) – 每月有一個週日 from 1-6pm on Alii Dr (10/16, 11/20, 12/18 for 2011, check website for 2012 dates).

* Holualoa Artist Village – on Hwy 180, over a dozen unique shops & galleries. Most open 10-5pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

東邊 Hilo area:

* Hawaiian Vanilla Company – Vanillery Tour, Presentation and Tasting, Experience Luncheons, Upcountry Afternoon Tea.

* Volcano Winery – Wine tasting and Tour

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* Zip Line – 選擇很多, 端看你想去的地點. ZipLine, KapohKine Adventures, UmaumaExperience, Eco Adventures

* Helicopter Tours – 選擇很多, 價錢大同小異. Safari, Paradise,

* Hawaii Forest & Trail – Waterfall tour, Volcano Day/Night Tours, Mauna Kea Summit & Stars, Birdwatching, Kona Coffee Tour

* Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

* Volcano Artists Studio Tour & Sale – 11/25-17 from 10-4pm. 19-3834 Old Volcano Road Volcano

* Paradise Art Studio Tour – 12/3-4 from 10-4pm.

如果你要找便宜或B&B的住宿, 以下是幾個我看到的Flyers, 好不好就要你自己另外做功課了 – B&B Association, Holo Holo In, Hilo Backpackers Hostel, Hilo Bay Hostel, Arnotts Lodge, Dolphin Bay Hotel,

Hawaii's Sales Tax Rate (2011) for groceries, clothes, drugs and restaurant food is between 4% to 4.712%, Hotel Room Tax is 13.5%. 我發現不論在哪個國家, 越高級的飯店, 不但日宿費高, 許多Service要額外收費, 例如停車, 無線網路, 當然可能設備較齊, 地點越好, 風景越佳.

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我這次的三天大島行程是將地圖左右向對折後, 左半邊的行程(Kohala, Kona, 部份Ka'u)歸在Kona, 右半邊的行程(Hamakua, Hilo, Puna, 和火山國家公園這半邊的Ka'u)歸在Hilo, 分幾篇文章刊出, 另外還有一篇是我的Photo Workshop.

ps. 你在大島各地看到賣夏威夷花或果樹的種子或接枝都是可以帶回加州的, 包裝背面會註明. 我因為不確定天氣是否合適, 所以就沒有買了, 不然我還挺想帶一個上面那個很有夏威夷代表性的雞蛋花回家種呢.

 

相關閱讀: Kona1, Kona2, Hilo1, Hilo2, Big Island Photo Workshop