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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Jody Victor: It took 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution to produce the unique ecosystems and distinct human culture displayed by the volcanoes in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

It was over 1,600 years ago when Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands migrated to Hawaii. They came in great double-hulled canoes guided by the sun and stars, and reading the winds, currents, and the flight of seabirds.

The beautiful park you see today was created to preserve the natural setting of Kilauea and Mauna Loa and as a refuge for the islands native plants and animals.

If you plan on visiting and hiking the wonderful trails, be sure to wear light layers and hiking boots or shoes. The temperature and weather can vary from rainy and chilly to hot, dry and windy depending on the elevation and area you are visiting. Park trails range in difficulty from easy walks (Bird Park/Kipuka Puaulu or Thurston Lava Tube/Nahuku) to longer hikes such as Kilauea Ike or Mauna Iki.

 The true character of the park is best discovered on foot. With over 150 miles of trails in the park, exploration by walking and hiking can be a fascinating and enjoyable experience.

Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and nestled on the rim of Kilauea caldera is the Volcano House. With its unique charm it has captured the hearts of travelers and islanders alike. The Volcano house has offered spectacular views and warm hospitality for decades as Hawaii’s oldest continually operated hotel with a history dating back to 1846.

Hawaii has always been one of our family’s favorite vacation destinations. Add in the spectacular volcanoes and you’ve made a wonderful choice for the whole family.

Jody Victor

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Jody and Kathy Victor in Hawaii

Aloha and Greetings from gorgeous Honolulu, Hawaii….

The weather here is absolutely perfect…low to mid-80s…bright sunshine…blue skies…white sand…tropical breezes!!!! Heaven on earth for sure! The air is intoxicating with the scent of tropical flora everywhere…orchids…plumeria…antheurium…bird of paradise…hibiscus…frangipani and more.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a top hotel on Waikiki Beach and one of our favorites in the Islands. We have a fabulous room in the prestigious ALI’I Tower. We have a private pool, whirlpool and sun terrace with terrycloth-covered chaise lounges…just for guests in this tower. There is a beautiful Bird of Paradise flower painted on the bottom of the pool and we can view it directly from our front balcony.

Our room is very spacious with a king size bed, refrigerator, large bathroom area, large plasma TV, large and comfortable sitting and desk area with sliding doors and glass on 2 sides of the room giving us an incredible panoramic view from inside our room! The balcony terrace has tables and chairs so that we can sit out there and enjoy the warm tropical breezes!

When we arrived, we had two platters of fresh tropical fruits waiting for us appointed nicely with lovely orchids. Yum! Yum! They also have complimentary bottles of water for us each day in our room and the turn-down service leaves us chocolates on our pillows. Naturally, we’ve already enjoyed Lappert’s famous ice cream. It is incredibly yummy!!

There are numerous restaurants here at the Hilton Hawaiian Village including a Japanese Steakhouse, Italian and French Cuisines, as well as Island fare and lots of fresh Mahi Mahi and other fresh fish found only in these waters. All around the hotel are great restaurants such as the famous Hawaiian restaurant, “Roy’s,” where the food is just magnificent!

The beach area is huge with tons of water sports to enjoy, as well as, a large man-made shallow lagoon for the little ones to be able to enjoy the beach without being in the actual ocean. They have those big sand buggies to drive around the sand and the water, bike rentals, moped rentals and more.

There are tennis courts on the property and 6 golf courses within 30 minutes of the hotel. They also have Atlantis Submarines for exploring the sea gardens and ocean life, as well as scuba and snorkeling. Or if you just like to lay in the sun and enjoy the beautiful blue water, white sand, and blue skies, there is no shortage of that.

For those of you who enjoy indulging yourself a bit, there is a fabulous spa that offers massages, facials and body treatments, as well as a fitness center. There are plenty of fun shops right here at the resort and two large malls within walking distance. No matter where you walk, there are lots of exotic wildlife all around including beautiful parrots, swans, pink flamingos and even tropical penguins!

Each evening, after a fun-filled day, Conch Shells announce the close of the day as torches are lit throughout the grounds to the rhythm of island drums. If you ever get the chance, and we know you will, visit Hawaii – it’s paradise on earth!