It was supposed to be a pretty strenuous hike, but while there were a couple steep stairs to navigate it really wasn't so difficult. There were quite a few people, so there was plenty of time to rest. It was a beautiful day and really quite enjoyable.
View of the crater as you hiked up.
The views really were stunning at the top, you could see almost 360 degrees around the island. Well worth the time. Afterwards we sat at the bottom and had a shaved ice and watched all the people for quite a while. The best. Afterwards we took a cab back to Waikiki beach to get some lunch and do some shopping. Lots of souvenirs to buy... John had his heart set on finding some fresh Poke for lunch. It's fresh, raw Ahi tuna, I guess he read about it on line.
The good news is we got some banging souvenirs and John found his Poke. I must admit, it was delicious despite all my doubts. He was very happy, we found a lovely little park right in the middle of the shopping district to sit and eat. Quite nice.
We finished out the evening with some tasty drinks at the beach side bar doing some more people watching. A really good day!
Tomorrow - 4:40am pickup, headed to the Big Island for the day and volcanos!