We really enjoyed the “Oh What a Night” show, a foursome that did two tribute shows based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The four guys who impersonated Frankie Valli’s group were superb, singing many memorable songs from this classic pop group. The range of the voices of two of their singers was incredible, from lows to Frankie’s falsetto highs. Not only were their voices outstanding but they all the dance moves down to a perfection. We had seen “Jersey Boys,” the Broadway play, in New York and thought the performance on the ship almost met the quality of the Broadway show. This first picture is from the Oh What a Night website describing the show. Often we remember the group but can’t remember the songs, this picture helps as a reminding of the great songs The Four Seasons recorded.     Save Save Save
The water was so clear you could see the bottom with many rocks. Out in the bay the Atlantis Submarine, a 48 passenger submarine, was docked. The sub was featured in National Geographic television specials. We hopped on a shuttle to Hilo Hattie’s, the store of Hawaii. They carry a wide selection of Hawaii attire. We wore are purchases to dinner that night. Back from Hattie’s we stopped in at Splashers Grill for drinks and apps, before heading back to the tenders. There was an island out in the bay and we never did find out it’s function. Save
There were historical landmarks within walking distance of the pier including a Heiau (temple), the first Christian church in Hawaii and a summer palace. A painter was doing a landscape of these in the distance.
We watched as the crew as they lowered the life boats down to tender us to the shore. We picked up tender tickets and was off to Kailua-Kona was the first royal capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.   Save Save
After a day in Hilo sightseeing, it was time to relax with the show of the evening “Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll” with Toby Beau. Toby is a RCA recording artists, who skyrocketed to the top of the Billboards with their pop ballad #1 hit, “My Angel Baby”  in the 70s. They, he and his wife Rennetta, have toured with major artists and bands such as Bob Seger, the Steve Miller Band, and the Doobie Brothers. In other words, they had a one hit wonder. Their hit didn’t ring a bell with me until I heard it. It was a great show with The Wave, the ships musicians that played for the different shows. They were very talented. A very talented couple and put on a great show forcing on 70s rock. Save Save
Throughout this garden valley, nature trails meander through a true tropical rainforest, crossing bubbling streams, passing several beautiful waterfalls and the exciting ocean vistas along the rugged Pacific coast. The Garden is also home to a Statue of Ku, the Hawaiian God of War, carved from a Monkeypod Tree that once stood in the Garden. Macaws live inside the Founders’ birdhouses and there is also a wishing well. Save
More flowers from the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Hilo. Save Save Save
We boarded an air-conditioned van at the pier and listen to our local guide as we took a scenic and narrated tour through Hilo’s bay front and the lush Hamakua Coast in route to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. The 40-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting trade winds and blessed with fertile volcanic soil. At the entrance gate to the Garden, we were greeted by the Garden’s gate-keeper who answered questions and then sent us off into the tropical jungle. A 500 foot long elevated boardwalk winds down the steep walled ravine of Kahalii Stream that is now dry because of a 1949 landslide. The Garden’s collection of tropical plants is international in scope. Over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, are found in this one-of-a-kind garden. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working …
We drove along Chain of Craters Road in Volcanoes Nations Park. It was a 19-mile winding paved road through the East Rift and coastal area of the island. The original road, built-in 1928, connected Crater Rim Drive to Makaopuhi Crater. The road has had parts covered by lava several times due to eruptions of the Kilauea volcano. As we drove along we saw collapse craters. The collapsed crater was form primarily when lava drains out of chambers beneath the surface, causing the surface to collapse-in to fill the void. These craters are characterized by deep pits with no air fall debris on the rims, indicating a lack of eruptive or explosive events in their formation. We stopped at Lua Manu, which was interesting in particular because it was partially filled by a small lava stream that flowed into it during the 1974 Kilauea eruption.
Along Crater Rim Drive we came to Klauea Iki Overlook. We got off the bus and walked the 1/2 mile section of the Crater Rim Trail to the Overlook. The crater looked fairly tranquil but, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet. From the rim it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Klauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet across, and the floor is 400 feet below the overlook. On this photo, we zoomed in so we could see the hikers in the crater.