The idea of going to Hawaii was a pretty exciting one, but if there was one thing I could point to as my main source of interest, it would have to be the black sand beaches.  I’ve always been fascinated with the sight of them.  Outside of the badlands found in the west, it seems to be one of the most surreal types of landscapes to possibly visit… and now I was getting my chance.  Hawaii has several black sand beaches, and luckily one of the best ones was going to be in our reach!  Just an hour south of where we docked in Hilo (east side of the big island) was the Kaimu black sand beach, which is one of the more volcanic looking of the black sand beaches.  My dad and I broke off from the rest of the group, rented a car, and headed out.  We had about 6 hours for our day’s trip, but I could have stayed days.  I’m glad I was finally able to photograph this wicked looking place!

Before closing out our day we made a quick stop at Volcanoes National Park which was just north of the Kaimu beach.  It contains 2 volcanoes; Kilauea and Mauna Loa.