First stop is downtown Hilo for kava at the Bayfront Coffee, Kava & Tea. Kava is an age-old herbal drink, beverage of choice for the royal families of the South Pacific. It's said to relieve stress and anxiety, relax muscles and relieve pain. I drank the suggested mix with coconut milk, and it was still bitter. But I have to admit it did give me a bit of a buzz.
|Serving kava downtown Hilo's Bayfront Kava|
|sweet Big Island Candies|
Then we loaded back up for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, After a short hike the horizon revealed distant steam from the volcano. Our park visit ended by walking through the lava tubes, (which felt like big round caves and challenged my claustrophobia)
|Hawaii Volcanoes National Park|
*The local "dancers" choreographing stories and dance to the burning embers of the distant lava flows.
|Walking the lava tubes|