Come See the Black Sand and Tall Trees of Waimea!
The second time we traveled to Hawaii was in December. It was a short trip for a wedding, but it was worth it. We left the cold snow to get to tank top weather. The weather was a little colder there in December than October, but not a lot. When the sun was shining it was still nice out. And during the evening it got pretty cool out where I wanted to wear a sweatshirt and pants.
We stayed at a resort this time and shared a big house with a lot of family members. Every chance I got I was outside enjoying the weather and checking out the trees and ocean! The ocean was walking distance away and it was great! This time we were on the other side of the island than our first trip, so I was surprised to see the black sand. It was from the volcanoes. Lava rocks were also easy to find washed up on the beach. While on a walk on the beach one morning, we saw two baby hammerhead sharks. My sister-in-law picked them up. One was still alive! It moved around a little bit while she was holding it. That was fun to see! I didn’t do any swimming at this beach, just played on shore. The water was colder than when we came in October, but compared to Minnesota lakes it was still good for swimming.
It was great to see the palm trees again. I always enjoy the view of those trees. I was also able to get the taste of fresh coconut water! My husband found a coconut that was ready to eat. He chopped through the outside layer and made a hole in the top of the inside shell. The coconut water is still a little fizzy when it is green still. There is a certain time to eat them, but I’m not exactly sure what that looks like. I just ate it. The meat in the coconut is also easy to peel off and eat at that time. So all parts of it are good!
We also saw some other trees at the resort that I had not seen before. All the trees there were huge! This tree to the right is one of my favorites there. My daughter had fun running in and out of this tree.
Another favorite tree was the one that had all the star fruit! The starfruit is in the picture on the left. I ate a lot of these when I was there! My daughter was good at sucking out the juice of them. The green ones aren’t quite ripe yet, but the yellow ones were perfect! I think I ate all the ones that were yellow and ready to eat. I just couldn’t stop myself. And even better, I didn’t have to drive to a store to get the fruit. It was in the backyard!
Then there was the tree that looked like the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen. It was hard to get the whole thing in a picture. It just kept going up and up and up. I was glad to be able to go back and see the beauty of Hawaii. I hope to go back again someday and make some new adventure!