The Irwin Family Great Adventure travel blog

First Day in The Big Island and we saw a gorgeous view...

Though swimming was forbidden because of the strong currents, locals weren't scared!

This is part of the reason the beach was closed. Prtugese Man...

Beautiful sight of Turqoise water

View of Mauna Kea

While driving the Upper road, we stopped for Photo op and we...

An our of control Brush fire. Our road home was closed. We...

A storm brewing. This is what it looked like at a 2000...

A stunning view of Parker Ranch, minutes from our cottage.

Getting a breath of fresh air

We all four have decided after visiting Hawai'i that we love it here and want to live here forever. It is gorgeous and there are so many activities to do here. The island is not commercial at all, and there are no high rises. It is all nature and the people are so friendly and open hearted. There is not a spot on the island with a bad view and the weather seems to be mild all year. We were sad to leave!! Chris and I want to retire here. We stayed in a little towm called Waimea, the north west side of the island. It is known as the Zone because of it's sunny and arrid weather.

A large part of the island is owned by Parker Ranch. John Palmer Parker came here from Massechewsitts in the late 1700's and befriended King Kamehameha who united the Islands in 1810. Parker ended up marrying the King's daughter and was given 2 acres of land. Today the Parker Ranch spreads over 200 000 acres of the island. It is the oldest and the largest ranch in the U.S.

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