I arrived to Honolulu, in the island called Oahu, from there I took a flight to Hilo, Big Island, where my friend was waiting for me (Hilo is in the east side of the island).
The first day, I got to know my friend’s family, warm people with big hearts, a mixture of pacific islander culture with american culture. My friend’s little sister and cousin welcomed me with necklace made out of flowers... best welcome ever!
Hilo is the rainy side of Big Island. My friend showed me Kamehameha school, and I was surprised because of its size and quality of the education. We also went to a Japanese garden, Hawaii is heavily influenced by Japanese (historically and geographically).
South of Big Island; next day, we explored the south of the island, my friend took me to a black sand beach and we saw a couple of turtles, we were also able to get closer to the rocks where the those massive waves crash... and maybe, we went too close. This wave caught us:
From there we went to the dessert area, and walked in the hawaiian desert for a total of two hours, it was very tiring... every hill seemed to be the last one, but no, there was always one more hill to go! It was worth it, our destination was a green sand beach, and indeed, the sand had a dark green color, I didn’t do any research on why thou.
The last thing we did that day has been the most intense adventure in my entire trip, I jumped off of a 10m (30ft) cliff. I’ve never done something like that and let me tell you that it takes some courage to do it! you have to step in the edge and decide to jump... but your body is not very convince about it. The scenery there was beautiful, that and my friend’s support helped me jump.
The next days I’ll be exploring the west and the north of the island.