Kauai, Kona, Kanapala, Kilauea

Kilauea should be first on that list, right?  I’m budgeting a little extra for when I get arrested for poking hot lava with a stick, and that’ll probably end the tour as they ship my happy okole back to the mainland. Or maybe not – looks like Poke A Stick Tours in Kanapala is still operating! But just in case, I’ve put it last on the list, so I can enjoy a little snorkling at Kauai’s Na Pali Coast and take a trimaran to Kealakekua Bay and sip Kona coffee in Kona before having to fess up to the kane why I had to cut the trip short. No worries – he already knows that my friend Debby and I were ready to trespass on federal land or seduce a park ranger (even a little old lady) to hike out to Bumpass Hell, if need be.

Fortunately, it wasn’t necessary. The trails opened the week we got there. Admittedly, I was a little relieved. Nothing against the park rangers, but deep down, I’m not really much of an outlaw. Did you know that “pyroclastic” rhymes with “fantastic”?


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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10 Responses to “Kauai, Kona, Kanapala, Kilauea”

  1. DoD says:

    I often think about our trips to Hawaii and wonder if I want to go back. I don’t think I want to put up with the airlines and the long flight. My back won’t stand for it! I hope you get to poke your stick into the lava though!

  2. amommasview says:

    Everything is worth the trip to Hawaii for me. It is such a beautiful place, each and every island of it. Sounds like you had a great time 🙂

  3. Susan Kane says:

    This place is best seen by me from your video. Thanks!

    • Sure! Glad I was able to share it with you. There are a few things I feel that way about – like skydiving. Or spelunking. (I would love to explore some of the caves I’ve seen, but seeing them all cleaned up, well lit, and with safe sidewalks built is probably more my speed. I don’t think I have to be “first.”)

  4. Jay Noel says:

    It’s been my dream to go to Hawaii. I might win a trip through work if everything goes my way. Maui, here I come!!!

  5. Nick Wilford says:

    Sounds like you had fun. Bumpass Hell is a great name!

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