Seagulls on the Run are a mature’ couple who are young at heart, we don’t take life too seriously adding a sprinkling of crazy to everything we do. We have a passion for trail running and a love for adventure and travel. Let’s bounce
  • Day9

    All over......for now

    February 15 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Arrived home to a grey and rainy Melbourne 😢 and already planning our next adventure.

    Our 5 days on Hawaii saw us experience 8 of the 10 climates found on the big island from Krapper’s original 14 world climate zones.

    Having left the UK quite a few years ago and never travelled to Hawaii or the USA previously we found it strange having to calculate the weather from Fahrenheit, work in lbs and buy our coffees in ounces. We stayed in a condo, talked on our cell, walked on the sidewalk, shopped in Walmart and Macy’s, took our groceries in paper bags, had food and coffee ‘to go’ and hired the biggest car we have ever seen -GMC yukon Denali. And we were amazed to find Valentine’s Day celebrated EVERYWHERE.

    Loved loved loved the big island, it’s relaxed chilled out feel, it openness and connection to nature. We will definitely be back, in fact we are already planning a back packing trip around the island staying off the tourist trail.

    Waikiki is surfers on steroids v high end Melbourne shopping. Kalebh would love it here except there is no male shopping in Valentino. For us, great stop over to connect flights but not for an extended stay.
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  • Day9

    8 of 10 of 14 world cimate zones

    February 15 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Hawaii Island possesses 10 of Koppen’s original 14 world climate zones and during our 5 day stay we experienced 8 of them.

    A. HUMID TROPICAL CLIMATES
    • Tropical Continuously Wet (Af)- atHilo
    • Tropical Winter-Dry (Aw)-at Kealakekua Bay, Holualoa Coffee Belt & Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
    • Tropical Summer-Dry (As)- at Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach
    • Tropical Monsoon (Am)-X
     
    B. ARID AND SEMI-ARID CLIMATES
    • Hot Semi-Desert (BSh) at Kailua-Kona Village
    • Hot Desert (BWh)-X
     
    C. TEMPERATE CLIMATES
    • Continuously Wet Warm Temperate (Cfb)-at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
    • Summer-Dry Warm Temperate (Csb)-at Mauna Kea State Recreation Area.
    • Summer-Dry Cool Temperate (Csc)-at Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station- we tried to visit but it was blocked due to protesters
     
    E. ICE CLIMATES
    • Periglacial Climate (ET)-at Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve- viewed from saddle road
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  • Day8

    Aloha to O’ahu

    February 14 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Aloha to O’ahu. Waikiki was like surfers on steroids, still going strong as we left for the airport at 5 this morning. Settled in the airport with a Starbucks and muffin feeling a little sad that this adventure is over minus the flight home 😢.
    But definitely feeling the love this Valentine’s Day.

  • Day7

    Whistle stop visit to Waikiki

    February 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Lunch at Tiki’s with views over Waikiki beach before a dip in the water at the famous beach, then mai tai’s at Duke’s watching the surfers and not playing UNO - apparently you can’t play cards in a bar in Hawaii not even a child’s game.

    What better way to watch our final and beautiful sunset in Hawaii than on the beach with a glass of bubbles. Dinner was had at a couple of food trucks tucked away behind the main strip, an unexpected and fantastic find.

    Feeling more than a little tired from the early start and cram filled day we headed back to our room to share a bottle of bubbles, Hershey chocolate bar and caramel m&ms to celebrate Valentine’s Day as we would be spending ours on a plane.

    Our day in Waikiki done and dusted, time for bed ready for another early start and travel home.
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  • Day7

    Diamond Head Hike

    February 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Dropped our bags at the hotel and headed off to Diamond Head to walk the trail to the summit. Instead of getting a taxi we decided take in the area and walk to the trail head. Approx 8km return and just 1.3km to climb the 171m from the crater floor. The path is uneven and steep, and on passing through a tunnel you have choice of going right for breath taking steps (99 of them to be exact ) or left for breathtaking views. Actually both paths lead to the top and we chose to go right and return via the switchbacks.

    If we had a choice we definitely would have done the hike early in the morning when hopefully it would have been a little less busy and a lot cooler, but that wasn’t an option and we shared the fantastic views at the top with just a few other people 😜
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  • Day7

    Aloha to the big islsnd Hawaii

    February 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We say a sad aloha to the big island and to our fantastic hosts and the couple that made this trip a possibility Anna and Haydn. Hawaii was not on our bucket list to visit but it will definitively be on our places we would love to come back to.

    Now for a whistle stop visit to O’ahu and Waikiki.

  • Day6

    Last day

    February 12 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Last full day on the big island and a chance to relax a little before two frantic days of early starts and travelling ahead.
    A visit to Macy’s for a little shopping and Kona brewery for dinner. Last dip in the spa then packed and bed ready for an early start and our return trip home

  • Day5

    The ballet of the sea

    February 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We travelled the coffee belt in search of coffee farms to sample the local Kona coffee, my favourite was the Vienna blend.

    During our road trip we stumbled across the small town of Kealakekua where we learnt the rules of crossing the road with a flag in hand. We had the most wonderful lunch at Rebel Kitchen, a great unexpected find with awesome drinks and fantastic food.
    Whilst there we also dropped in at the donkeys balls chocolate factory and tried the many different types of balls, with our purchase being popped into a ball sac.

    In the evening I headed back to Sea Quest for a second go at seeing the manta ray, this time with a night snorkeling trip. And I was not disappointed, OMG I now know why people have this on their bucket list. It was so awesome. I saw so many manta ray with one putting on such an amazing show, I now know why they call it them ‘ballet of the sea’. One continuously battle rolling under us and coming so close it actually touched my arm. The negative, the sea was so rough and choppy that most were sea sick.
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  • Day5

    Place of refuge

    February 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today we visited the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Imagine you had broken the kapu, the sacred laws, and the punishment was death with your only chance of survival being to elude your pursuers and reach the Pu'uhonua, a place of refuge.

    Sound like something from the TV series Survival? Well this is probably where they would have got the idea from.

    The park looked out into Hōnaunau Bay where we had snorkelled a few day earlier.
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  • Day4

    The volcanos

    February 10 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We visited the volcano national park to see the results of 70 million years of volcanism.

    Volcanoes created the Hawaiian island chain and Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the worlds most active volcanoes still adding land to the big island of Hawaii, unfortunately for us there is no lava flowing anywhere in Hawaii for us to see at the moment

    First we walked the sulphur banks trail past the steam vents to the crater rim trail to view Kīlauea caldera. Then hiked the Kīlauea iki trail which took us through the base of the Crater. Unfortunately the heavens opened throughout the hike and we were soaked to the skin. Despite the weather we still completed the trail in record time -1hr 20 mins, apparently beating the Swiss with all their alpine climbing experience.

    Unfortunately wikiloc didn’t record the elevation on return but here is the link
    https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/sotr-kilauea-iki-trail-46572263 (SOTR- Kīlauea Iki trail)

    The weather didn’t stop us heading over to the devastation trail to view Kīlauea caldera from the other side. years of volcanism.

    Volcanoes created the Hawaiian island chain and Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the worlds most active volcanoes still adding land to the big island of Hawaii.

    First we walked the sulphur banks trail past the steam vents to the crater rim trail to view Kīlauea caldera. Then hiked the Kīlauea iki trail which took us through the base of the Crater. Unfortunately the heavens opened throughout the hike and we were soaked to the skin.

    But that didn’t stop us heading over to the detestation trail to view Kīlauea caldera from the other side.
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