Hawaii Day 5: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Black Sand Beach and Viewing Sunset at Kailua Kona

On our 5th day, we want to check Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is about 2 hours drive from our place.

We started the day having a breakfast at a close by restaurant, Dave’s Plate and Coffee Shack.
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My first taste of Kona coffee.
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After about an hour drive, we stopped by at Kona Coffeehouse and Cafe to grabbed some drinks and lunch for our volcano tour. This coffeehouse is cute but I think their goodies are bit pricey.
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One of the views on the way.
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The volcanoes park. I’ve read some reviews about the park that it gets chilly and jackets are needed. But during this time (late May), weather is perfect, comfy shoes/flip flop and summer clothing are just fine.
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There are people walking down in the lava.

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Black sand beach. It was drizzling and my kid fell asleep so we just stopped by and took some photos.
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My little boy got tired of the ride since it’s a lot of up and down the hills so we let him stretched on a playground on the way and he met some new friends. He is such a social butterfly.
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For dinner time, we caught some sunset and aimed for a sushi place. The sushi place we wanted was closed for renovation, so we went to the other sushi place few steps away from it, Bistro Yokohama. And it didn’t disappoint.
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What a tiring day! I think this is the only con about Big Island, lots of driving to get to the different sides. It’s not that long drive but it’s a lot of up and down the hills so 1 week is not enough!

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

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