Greetings from Hawaii.
I'm here on vacation with my family. We're four days in and settling into what is, to my mind, a very nice rhythm.
On our first full day on the island, we took a trip out to see Volcano National Park. We couldn't see the lava flows but we're able to hike around the sides of the craters and through the lava tubes. It was humid and rainy but we had the park almost entirely to ourselves (the benefits of visiting Hawaii in the off season) and marveled at the strange landscape. The craters were deep and barren- it looked as though some tremendous bomb had been touched off- and it was impressive to see the smoke rising out of the vents in the distance.
We ended up at the Volcano House, which had a magnificent view of the Halema`uma`u Crater. We lunched overlooking the wild landscape and made plans for the next leg of our trip, which involved driving across the island to Hapuna.