My first visit to Hawaii was to the Big Island in 1997. My brother and I spent a week here driving around and hiking the country side. Although it’s only one island, there is so much to see and do, that I promised to come back some day.
Well, someday is now and we just arrived from the long flight from Denver to the somewhat funky town of Hilo. Instead of staying in Hilo proper, I decided we’d stay in the village of Volcano, which is adjacent to the main entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We arrived just at dark to our hotel: The Volcano Inn. No big hotel chains here in Volcano, just a collection of B&B’s and rustic inns; Volcano Inn falls into the latter category. The lush vegetation of this part of the island really makes it difficult to find the businesses in this area, especially at night. Volcano Inn solves this problem with lots of lights covering the property. The driveway into the inn is easy to spot; it has an easy-to-find archway covered with Christmas lights.
We were quite exhausted from our long flight from Denver, but we had to find food before retiring. We found a great little pizza place called the Kiawe Kitchen. The place was packed at 7:00, so the wait was a bit long for the food. It was worth the wait in spite of our fatigued bodies crying out for sleep as much as food. A modest sized wood-fired pesto pizza, followed by a chocolate brownie desert, and we were ready for bed.