The south eastern coast of Hawaii is gorgeous, lush, and windblown (open to the trade winds).
The ancient royal Hawaiians used to come specifically here to the mango groves to spend the summer in their splendor. We really enjoyed cruising under their towering branches. Too bad mango season had JUST ended!!
Crazy Tarzan Lukas (22 MB, 11 sec): dscn6392
The traces of lava flows past are everywhere. The landscape along the side of the road switches abruptly back and forth between forest and sharp jumbled grassy lava rock fields. At Lava Tree State Monument you can see huge empty straight tubes of lava where large trees once stood tall, but burned up as the lava flow passed by.
There were beautiful little surprises around every corner!