Our visit to the Lava Tree State Park was included in the Hawaiian Explorer shore excursion when Pride of America was docked at Hilo. A walk through this area with columns of lava everywhere had us amazed, with every turn greeting us with something different. A leisurely walk along the concrete path that loops around the park takes you past the lava trees, through towering rainforest trees festooned with strangler figs while there are countless ferns of all varieties filling out the understory. The many bromeliads scattered around the site add plenty of colour. For anyone wanting to have lunch here there are a couple of shelters where people can sit and eat. If you only visit this park once it is well worth it, if only for the opportunity to gain an insight into what happened a couple of hundred years ago.
** Even though the pathway is concreted, because of the uneven ground care does need to be taken. It is advisable not to stray off the path.**
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