Today’s post was inspired by Uncle Spike’s 1980s adventures in Hawaii. I found myself musing about my own long-time desire to visit the paradise islands.
My dream to visit Hawaii started with the 1980s TV show Magnum PI.
While there is no question that Tom Selleck was a major draw, the helicopter scenes had a lasting impression. There wasn’t an episode that didn’t include spectacular aerial views from TC’s helicopter as he trekked around the islands to rescue Magnum from his latest crisis.
In a perfect world, I wanted to experience my first helicopter ride in Hawaii. Sometimes things work out just the way we hoped.
Like most of our travels, our Hawaii adventure was the result of a race – the World Ironman Triathlon Championship in Kona to be exact. After 12 years of chasing a Kona spot, Husband finally scored his opportunity to be in this iconic race in 2012 – and we were finally Hawaii bound. Obviously a vacation wrapped around this race was going to be required.
We decided to limit our exploration to the Big Island since there was so much to do and limited time to cram it all in. Although the price tag for a helicopter tour of the Big Island made us both blink uncomfortably, we knew that it was likely going to be the only chance we ever got. I was not going to miss the opportunity to fulfill this dream.
I had hoped to see lava flowing into the ocean from one of the many active volcanos, but unfortunately it was not to be on this trip. The lava flowed before we arrived and resumed after we left, but there were no volcanic eruptions during the 3 weeks we were there. In spite of that minor disappointment, the helicopter ride provided us with a view of active lava pits, breathtaking landscape and dozens of waterfalls.
There were no regrets on this trip! Hawaii really is a paradise.