Elon Tennis Hawaii Global Experience Day seven

We began our second day on the big island with a big breakfast at our hotel, overlooking a gorgeous view of the ocean. Then everyone loaded the bus to begin the drive along the winding roads to our first destination.

We began the day at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, which used to be a place of refuge for Hawaiians to receive forgiveness for any kapu (taboos) that they broke. The site had some beautiful views, and we were even able to view some sea turtles in the water!

Next up, we boarded the bus once again to travel to Kilauea Volcano. We stopped at a local cafe on the way and got to try fried donuts, which were the best things I've eaten in Hawaii. I'm going to need to get a recipe for those because I will definitely be craving one once we return home.

On the way to the volcano, our professor warned us that we wouldn't be able to see any lava on our hike; however, upon our arrival, a park ranger told us that we could see lava if we drove a short 2 miles to the Jaggar Museum.

It was fantastic to see the lava flowing out of the earth, especially since it is so rare- Elon students have not seen lava here ever in the past 25 years! We were also able to go on a hike through a lava tube, which provided a cool break from the hot sun.

After our hike, we got back on the bus to head to our last stop, the Black Sand Beach. At the beach some people swam while others simply walked around and enjoyed the view of the ocean. The three massive sea turtles resting on the shore provided a unique and exciting touch to the already gorgeous scenery.

We ended the day with a fantastic dinner and were able to celebrate Natalia's birthday with some dessert. We're upset that our time on the island is coming to a close but are excited for some free time tomorrow.

Suzanne Zenoni

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