This was our last day on Hawaii, and also the International Geocaching Day. It was also our wedding anniversary, and Heltinnens 30th birthday. The route this day took us down to Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, back up to Greenwell Farms and eventually to the airport.
Approximate time on road/out caching: 9 hours, 55 minutes
Total miles driven: 65 mi / 104,6 km
Total cahes found: 12
Total DNF: 5
States visited: Hawaii
Famous places visited: Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Most memorable cache: GC777PR Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park Lava Tree Mold
Biggest surprise: How much time we had to just relax at the cabin
Highest temperature: 33.9°C / 93°F
Lowest temperature: 22,8°C / 73°F
We got an early start, so by the time we made it down to Kaya’s, it was breakfast time. This was also the first time we got to taste 100% Kona Coffee.
The first cache of the day was GC4WC4Y Live Aloha!, which took a while to find. Not much muggles around, and not very much traffic. But that would quickly change…
The shortest route?
The next on our plan was Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and a couple caches along the way there. The Nüvicam like shortcuts, and decided that we should take one now. The problem is that reality sometimes differ from the map. So while this might be a tiny bit shorter, it definitely did not go any faster. But we could probably call it the scenic route, so I guess it’s okay anyway.
When we got closer to the park with the difficult name, we started noticing cars everywhere. Could it be people visiting the park? Luckily for us, it wasn’t. The park parking lot was almost empty.
We spent some time walking around, and of course also getting the answers we needed for GC777PR Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park Lava Tree Mold.
Tasting some 100% Kona Coffee
After visiting the park, we continued to Greenwell Farms. The plan was to attend one of their free farm tours. We got there just in time to taste some coffee, before the next tour started. Awesome!
Norwegians are second only to the Finnish when it comes to coffee consumption, so this was a must-do for us 😉
It was interesting both to see, and learn a bit about the history of the farm and coffee growing on the island.
We had planned to find some caches along the Mamalahoa Bypass, but after a couple DNFs, we decided that it wasn’t worth spending more time on it. We continued with the rest of the plan instead, finding some caches around the nearby shopping area.
The last earthcache, GC7G74H It’s Magic!, brought us to a very crowded beach. With equally crowded parking lots. We barely managed to find a spot to park, and the same can be said about the cache itself. This earthcache was literally full of muggles.
Where did all the people go?
There’s been a lot of muggles and traffic around today, but when we parked at GC3E9QK Ye ole ‘Post Office’ ~ 🏫~Holualoa, they had all magically disappeared. No muggles, no traffic.
The post office turned out to be our last Hawaiian find, as the two next ones resulted in DNF (we both started and ended with DNF on Hawaii).
On Hawaiian time
We still had plenty of time left until we had to be at the airport, so we decided to just relax for a bit at the cabin.
We also got the opportunity to take some pictures of the local “wildlife”.
Strangest airport ever
It was eventually time to return the rental car, and get to the airport. This is definitely one of the strangest airports we’ve ever been to. Most of the airport is outside, which is very unusual for us. This wouldn’t be possible at all in Norway!
But I guess it does make sense in a way. And it functioned just like any other airport, with the exception of the additional x-ray before the gate (still don’t get what that was good for).
Hawaii has been a lot of fun, and we do hope to return some time!