Kilauea Caverns of Fire

Kilauea Caverns of Fire

We knew this place was going to be amazing when we called and Steve responded with so much enthusiasm about showing us the lava tubes.  Especially when he told us he had already headed home but was “totally cool” with coming back.  Normally I would have just waited until the next day but since we were on our last few last days in Hilo, we took Steve up on his offer.  I’m so happy we did!!  Granted, driving there I was pretty sure we were entering the beginning scene of a scary movie.  You know… the part where the tourists are super stoked to be somewhere remote but there are spooky yellow eyes peeking out from the brush ready to pounce?

We were greeted by Steve’s dog Cinnamon and all the creepy feelings went away.  The lava tubes are absolutely amazing.  There’s a beautiful sparkly bacteria on the ceiling of the entrance that looked like the night sky when you shined your flashlight on it.  Steve knew everything about how these spectacular lava rock formations were formed.  When we were fairly deep into the tube, we all turned out our flashlights to feel true darkness.  You literally can’t see your hand in front of your face!!  It’s such a unique feeling.  I highly recommend a visit to the Kilauea Caverns of Fire on your next visit to The Big Island of Hawaii.  It’s truly a fantastic experience!

volcanic bacteria

cave entrance

lava ripples

This amazing lava rock was formed at the exact moment a rock dropped into hardening lava but was still fluid enough to ripple.

The iron content in the rock is what forms all the different colors of lava rock.

The iron content in the rock is what forms all the different colors of lava rock.

 

 

Monday Must-Have Lust List

While we are still on our Hawaiian adventure, here are a few things that have made the island inspired lust list…

1) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

For as pale as I am, it’s a miracle I’m not burned to a crisp.  I always rely on Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen for basically all my sunscreen needs.  I haven’t gotten burned even a teeny tiny bit!!  I’m knocking on wood as I write this though… just in case!

Sunscreen

2) Anti-itch Cream

So I haven’t been sun burned but I’ve gotten so many mosquito bites I’m worried people will think I’ve contracted leprosy.  Seriously, I have 22 bites and counting.  It doesn’t help that I have basically no self control when it comes to itching them.  Luckily my friend had brought some anti-itch cream that has become my favorite thing on the whole planet.

3) Sun Hats

I love me a good sun hat.  Basically I love all hats but right now I’m specifically in need of some sun shade.  My favorite, that I’ve mentioned in some previous posts, is my Eric Javis Squishee IV Wide Brim Hat.  It has UPF 50+ which means my scalp will remain unburned!  A double bonus is it packs really well.  You can simply roll it up and throw it in your suitcase.  I usually wear mine to the airport but that’s mostly because I’ve run out of room to pack it!

Eric Javits Hat

4) Homeaway.com

Both the homes we have been staying at on Oahu and the Big Island we found through Homeaway.com.  Both of them have been really incredible.  I totally prefer to stay in a rental home compared to a stuffy overcrowded resort.  Not to mention with 2 or 3 couples, it ends up being a huge savings to rent 1 house over separate rooms.  I’ll do reviews of our specific places soon!

5) Sparkly Debra Lippmann Nail Polish

I know it’s basically all about fall nails now but I’m stretching out some summery nails through the rest of my Hawaiian trip.  I packed some fun sparkly Debra Lippmann polish in ocean and sunset shades.  Right now I’m wearing the Mermaid’s Eyes color so I’d feel like a mermaid while I was snorkeling and swimming in the lagoon.  It only seems appropriate!

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