Then on to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, celebrating its centennial:
Alas, similar to the top of Haleakala, it was foggy and a bit rainy. Thus, the photos were obscured:
Wow, certainly looks like an atomic bomb blast in Halemaumau crater.
Our final stop was at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. Did you know they sell an orchid plant for $20,000?
Some other orchids:
There was an orchid tree next to my bus:
The scientific name is Phanera Purpurea.
When we returned to the ship, the check-in system stunned me. You need to place everything dangerous and all metals aside. But instead of through one of those X-ray machines, you merely passed your stuff onto a side table. You then physically pass through the electronic people checker, then just pick up what you laid down. No staffer bothered to look at anything laid aside. Amazing! Sure, no one would be carrying anything dangerous going through that metal detector, because you would get caught, but... I'm missing a point somewhere. A system is as good as its weakest link, which worries me.
When I returned to my room:
I went back to Liberty for dinner. This is the dining room that weeds out the masses: you need to wear shoes and long pants. My slipper worked again. I picked up my Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio and ordered a dorado ceviche and a fabulous soup (forgot name):
I then had an excellent swordfish on garlic mashed potatoes with Boston lettuce with gorgonzola cheese:
The coconut-egg dessert was fabulous:
The highlight of the trip might have occurred at 10PM when the ship veered closer to shore so that we could view the lava pouring into the ocean:
I've got to learn how to take night shots, or get a better camera. Anyway, the night was not over, for ABBA was playing in the dance theater:
Tomorrow, I wander through Kona. I wonder if I can continue on for a second week?