From there, we made our way to Papakolea Beach, which is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. This particular one also happens to be at the southernmost tip of the U.S. so we got to have two cool experiences for the price of one. I don't even want to tell you how we got out to the beach, because I'm not sure all of it was entirely legal. It was definitely an adventure, and so much fun. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, and we are so glad we made the effort to get out to it.
Our final stop was the Volcanoes National Park. There are several volcanoes in the park, but the main attraction is Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. In 1490, the summit collapsed, leaving an enormous crater (caldera) and an almost flat shield volcano behind. But that hasn't dampened the spirit of this feisty mountain, which last erupted in 1983 and continues to actively produce lava. We got to look into the crater, see the volcano's many steam vents, and even see the glow of the lava within the newer, smaller summit caldera. It was an amazing experience! While we were in the park, we also caught a glimpse of the endangered Nene bird. It was such a great day, and we made so many fantastic memories!
We really loved this beautiful beach, and while we were there,
we saw a man catch a yellowfin surgeonfish, which was very exciting!