Akaka Falls Rating:
Loved the volcano hike, very tough terrane, 4 hours mostly in full sun. After hike group was taken to park headquarters for lunch. Turkey and cheese wraps were quite warm having been kept in a plastic bin in the hot van with no ice! With mayo and sprouts inside. Note to tour operator...proper food storage is more than just a good idea; it's potentially deadly. One bite then in the trash, leaving a bag of chips for lunch.
We stopped on the way back to Hilo (1 hour drive time) at Mauna Loa tourist trap, er....candy factory for a factory tour. Nothing to see there, operation is closed, so just shopping opportunity.
Once back in Hilo, Akaka Falls was another 1 hour drive north. All nine people groaned when we realized this. Sweaty and tired after a 4 hour hike, if I would have known 2 more hours in that van stuck to the plastic seat was ahead I would have bailed out in Hilo and taken a taxi back to the ship. This day was WAY too long and WAY too much drive time.
Especially since we essentially had a bag of chips to eat all day!
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rating:
Loved this part. Not for the feeble.