Good-bye Big Island!

We have been home for a few days now.  The longer we have been back, the more it seems that our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was just a dream. I’m glad I took pictures so I don’t forget the things we experienced there.

I will miss falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean.

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I will miss seeing the fish and eel in the morning.

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I will miss the big trees.

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I will miss the tropical fruit.

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I will miss the purple yams.

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Although I was a little scared of the tide pool/reef area, I will miss snorkeling.

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I will miss being in a convertible in 80 degree weather.

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I will miss the mongoose.

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I will miss the smell of the rainforest.

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I will miss seeing the ocean from various points on the island.

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I will miss the green lizards.

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I will even miss the “hippies.”

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Psalm 33:6-9,

“The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!”

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

Hilo is the largest town closest to us, but it takes about 45 minutes to drive there. We tried to avoid going there by shopping in Pahoa, but there’s only two small grocery stores here and no fresh fish. We made several trips to Hilo—these are some of the pictures from our various travels to town.

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One of our trips to Hilo was for the Farmer’s Market. We had heard that there are a lot of fresh tropic fruits for sale in that one location.

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Another trip to Hilo included the Table Tennis Tournament that I entered– considering that I am only a beginner, I didn’t do too badly– I didn’t have a “0” in any of my matches.

ImageFollowing the tournament, my husband and I had dinner at a local seafood restaurant. My husband had some escargot as an appetizer.

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We tried looking for fresh fish in Pahoa, but none could be found. We heard about a fish market (Suisan) in Hilo, so we went there to see what they had– they had a lot of colorful fish.

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After buying some locally-caught Wahoo fish, we had a “cookout” on Coconut Island.

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Then we went to Rainbow Falls– located in Hilo!

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Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Big Island, Hawaii, Day 1

My husband and I are in Pahoa, Hawaii, this week so as a change to my usual blog posts, I will discuss and post pictures of our adventures in the Big Island.

Our adventure started on Monday, October 14, when we arrived at Hilo International Airport at 8 pm.

ImageThe building looked oddly familiar—a rustic version of the Walt Disney World Polynesian Resort (very similar architecture).  We grabbed our bags then headed to the car rental place where we picked up our Ford Mustang convertible!

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Although we were really tired from our 22 hour trip (drive time, flight times, and lay overs), we went to the grocery store to buy some food for the morning. We noticed that all the street lights were yellow—maybe so the sea turtles won’t accidentally cross the streets?

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On our way to our rental house, we drove through a rain forest. The trees were massively tall and it smelled like a rain forest (I can’t exactly describe the smell, just that it was the smell that I remember when going through one of the rides at Disney World).

The weirdest thing about our ride was the amount of birds (not really sure they were birds) “chirping.” My husband said they sounded like the “birds” in the “Pitch Black” movie, staring Vin Diesel—very creepy (http://youtu.be/3FQzE3VXAx0).

Because it was so dark when we arrived, we really couldn’t see much but we still experienced a lot in such a short amount of time— Proverbs 20:12, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.” I can’t wait to see what more we will experience tomorrow!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti