For a true island experience we didn't stay in just any hotel but at the Wild Orchid Inn, a former home of plantation workers. Which means that open windows with mosquito nets are the natural air-condition (as we are used to from Willow's home in Honolulu). Which then means that you get the full "concert" of high pitched frog songs all night long... Thank goodness for earplugs!
Since we went to bed so early the night before, we got up easily at 6 AM and slowly started our day.
View from the lobby - contrary to the day before it wasn't sunny and it had also been raining during the night.
A little visitor to our table
After breakfast we called a taxi to drive us to the car rental - we'd had enough walking the day before!
Many of the local small businesses have visitors centers. On our way to the volcanoes we stopped by this one:
There were a lot of different kinds of orchids on display, some of which I had never seen before.
A young ranger took us on a short hike over an old road. It had been closed to traffic after parts of it fell into the crater during an earthquake.
A lava field from 1973
Roots of the lehua tree
The Jaggar museum is a small center whith a lot of information on volcanoes and seismic activity.
After we had looked at it we came back out to see the spectacle of glowing orange fumes in the night.