This is my part four of my review about going to Big Island in Hawaii.
We had our first day in Hilo. We used our GPS to find a good place to have breakfast, but I think our GPS map was old (like our guidebook) and we didn’t find the places where it told us there would be a place to eat. We looked for others, and then we picked Starbucks. We had to drive a while to get there. But then, after a few seconds, we drove by a drive-in Starbucks! So we didn’t have to go any further. (Also: a funny thing is that I said earlier that if we were in San Francisco, we would already have passed so many Starbucks, but not in Hilo, because Hilo is small and weird, but slightly bigger than Kona, but still doesn’t have much stuff). We didn’t go in the drive-in, but it was the first time I saw a Starbucks with drive-in. I had a Frappuccino and two butter croissants. The guy there warmed up my croissants! I never had that before. I didn’t like it.
Then we went to buy water, because we wanted to go to the beach and we had no more water (we were thirsty also). We bought it at a Chinese shop. I also took pistachio nuts, and my friend (she is Chinese) said: “You like those???”. I said yes, and she was so shocked. I think she thought it is a special Chinese thing that “white” people don’t know or don’t eat. I even like the ice cream!!! It’s my favorite! So I do like pistachios, and Chinese people too.
Then we went to Coconut Island to go to the beach. It’s kind of like an island in front of Hilo, but they put a bridge between them so it feels like it’s not really an island. This is what it looks like when you walk over the bridge:
The island has mainly rocks and some grass in the middle. We were early, and there weren’t a lot of people there. Later when we left everyone was barbecuing. Maybe because it was Saturday.
The island was nice and we went into the water and enjoyed the sun and I read my book. (I finished the book already and I will review it soon)
This is Coconut Island too:
I recommend it for barbecues and playing ball on the grass and for going with kids, because there is a big stone tower where they can jump off of.
Then we were bored. We went back to our car and wanted to go somewhere. We looked at our guidebook and went to a waterfall. It was called “Rainbow Falls" because of a rainbow that you see there a lot (I think early in the morning). We didn’t see a rainbow though. We thought it is a waterfall to swim in, but it just had a trail that went around it for walking. We didn’t do that because we were dressed for the beach and had all our stuff (we couldn’t leave it in the car - people break into cars a lot there).
This is the waterfall:
We left again. We drove to find ice cream, but the place from our guide book wasn’t there anymore. But we passed another ice cream place so we went there. They had very few flavors, and they weren’t very tasty. But we all shared a Mango ice cream. My friend bought an Ukulele at the shop next door.
Then we decided to go to a new beach. We put it into our GPS (from the guidebook) and drove there. There were so many people there, and they all had kind of tents and were barbecuing with their whole family on the grass. The tents weren’t sleeping tents, they were really big open tents for people to sit inside and eat. They were really elaborate and had wood flooring. They looked like they took a long time to build. I don’t know if they build them every weekend, or every day, or if they have them there always. I’m not sure what they were doing.
We went to the water but it was a stoney beach again. We lay down and tried to be comfortable but there were stones all over and it didn’t feel too nice. I managed to find a good way to lie down and I tanned my butt. It was nice, then a little girl came because my friend was blowing bubbles. She wanted to blow bubbles too. My friend gave her the bubble head to blow on it, but she couldn’t make bubbles. Her sister told her to come, and she took the bubble thing and she said “Thank you” and she left with it. She was so small, I was surprised that she was so polite.
Later she came back and tried to do more bubbles with us. Then I saw that when she opened her mouth, her mouth was full of grills!!!! Like silver ones. But only in the back, not like rappers have it in the front. They were silver. It was so strange, because she was much to young for such a fashion statement, and she was so young that she probably didn’t need her teeth filled yet, and even if she had, they don’t use silver or gold anymore, but nowadays they use white. So that was strange.
She never blew a single bubble. This was her:
We stayed and then we left to have lunch. We stopped at a cute little house. It was by the water and close to our hotel. I think it was called “Harrington’s” but I’m not sure if that’s the one. This is basically what it looked like (I took the photo out of the restaurant window). They had lots of Koi fish in their pond and also two turtles:
I decided to order “Catch of the Day” because they meant fish and I decided that that would be a healthy choice. But then I got it, and this is what it looked like:
Then I remembered: We are still in America.
There wasn’t much to do, and we decided to look at some shops. We found a mall with our guidebook. They had some boring shops. Then we found a really good shop! It had so many things, and we bought a lot. I bought a cap with Patrick Star on it and a t-shirt with the Ninja Turtles and a t-shirt with Spongebob that says: “Get yer nerd on” and has Spongebob with glasses (it is blue), and a green glass with the eyes and the mouth of Donatello the Ninja Turtle. I got a pair of glow-in-the-dark glasses too.
We went home then because it was getting late and we were planning to go out and have a party.
We used our guidebook to go to a place that has a nice bar, but we got there and there was nothing there. The place had closed long ago. So we tried another place. It was close to our hotel. It was a bar. We had a drink and a really good time.
These are our glow-in-the-dark glasses. You read more about them and see more photos on my fashion blog, HERE.
Later we went home. We were so lucky, because right after we got home it started to rain a lot! We went to sleep to the sound of rain and frogs.
Our plan was to leave the next day, so we packed up and got into the car. We went to have breakfast at IHOP because it was next to the mall and we knew how to get there now. I had a coffee because I always got so sleepy driving. This is the coffee (it was so huge!!!! On the photo we put it next to a glass of orange juice so you can see how big it is):
We had to go up North and we went onto the 4-mile scenic drive that I had read about in the guidebook. It was like driving through a jungle.
Then I felt cheeky and I drove into a field that had a kind of road. We drove down through the field:
At the end of the road we had a beautiful view of the sea. There was also a small hut someone had put up made of wood and really smelly. This was the view:
We left again. Then I saw a sign of a waterfall! We decided to go there and look at it and hopefully swim in it. It wasn’t a swimming waterfall again, instead another trail.
On our way back to our road we passed a guy selling coconuts. He said he is from San Francisco. We each got a coconut to drink.
We drove on towards the beach we wanted to go to. We got lost and a guy with horses and a donkey told us how to get there. It was a road and we had to have 4-wheel drive to go down. I asked the guy there how to engage our 4-wheel drive and he showed me how. We drove down. Then we took a wrong turn and came to a river. There was a man there who told us we can drive inside the river, because it’s a road (but only with 4-wheel drive). He said he was from Romania or Slovakia or something. We said we are all Chinese. He said I look so white, but he can see it in my eyes that I am actually also Chinese. He said we should go to the beach later and he would be there too (we weren’t so keen on that).
We drove down the river. It was so beautiful and fun!
After a while we decided to drive back to the beach. A car was coming towards us on the river so I had to back up and find a way to let him pass. That was annoying.
This was the beach:
We stayed there for a while and I went inside the water but the waves were so wild (but not as wild as on the black sand beach!). We then drove back up to continue our journey. This was what it looked like driving back up:
We started driving to our hotel in Waimea which is up North. It was to be our last destination.
I will tell you about this in the fifth section of this review soon!!