August 6, 2014 | Posted in:Hawaii, Sleeping Spots

We went into Kaua’i and Moloka’i alone, but we flew to Maui with the expectation of friends on island, so we ended up only camping on our final night there.

Our first night was spent at my friend Cameron’s apartment in Haiku, who I know from Portland. Her flatmate sucked, so the next two nights were at her boyfriend, Shane’s apartment who also had a friend visiting. We failed to take any photos of either place.

We then connected with our friend Lauren’s sister, Alice, who took us out to Hana where a friend of hers is the caretaker at a B & B. She didn’t have anyone coming in that night and it was pouring rain, so we were able to stay in one of the rooms.

Luxury accommodations

Luxury accommodations

We got back to Haiku to find out that sucktastic roommate and Cameron had a meltdown, so we went over to spend the night in Alice’s ROUND house!

Haiku round room

Dome house

For our final night on Maui, Cameron took us out to a beach where we could camp on the southwest shore.

Yet another beach sunset *yawn*

Yet another beach sunset *yawn*

Loving the hammocks!

Loving the hammocks!

We landed on Big Island (Hawai’i) with no real plans, so we decided to hitchhike up to Hawi on the NW corner of the island and got the local lowdown on where to stay. We received some major aloha from our next ride who went way out of her way and dropped us at the end of the road shortly before dusk.

We had this incredible valley all to ourselves from being dropped off until about 9:30 the next morning.

We had this incredible valley all to ourselves from being dropped off until about 9:30 the next morning.

Magical forest

Magical forest

Our camp spot was incredibly windy, but sunrise from the tent door was key.

It's way easier to catch the sunrise when you can watch it from bed.

It’s way easier to catch the sunrise when you can watch it from bed.

After two nights in that incredible place, we put up our hammocks in a kiave forest next to Makuhona Beach where we met a sweet Quebecois couple who hung out at our fire and brought us COLD beer! The pleasure of a surprise cold craft beer after days of camping is indescribable.

Thorny but lovely

Thorny but lovely

The following day we packed it up and hitched all the way down to Kona.

I’ll let you figure out what’s going on here.

I’ll let you figure out what’s going on here.

One day in Kona was enough, so we hopped on a bus all the way to the other side of the island to a farm in Poho’iki.

Pohoiki farm

The remainder of our time on island was with another Portland friend, Jess, who happened to be in town visiting her family at the same time as us.

Hilo bed

 

Her parents have a really cool house they built years ago.

Her parents have a really cool house they built years ago.

Her dad spends many hours a week cultivating this incredible garden, which produces most of the food they eat.

Her dad spends many hours a week cultivating this incredible garden, which produces most of the food they eat.

We only spent two nights on O’ahu, both of which were at the Shark’s Cove Hostel on the North Shore (highly recommended).

Sharks Cove Rentals seems to be by far the best value for the budget traveler on O'ahu.

Sharks Cove Rentals seems to be by far the best value for the budget traveler on O’ahu.

... and you have this right across the street.

… and you have this right across the street.