Big Island is bigger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined and has 10 of the 14 climate zones. Our hostel (www.myhawaiihostel.com) felt like a home to me and the staff created a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.
On my first day I enjoyed a delicious poke dish with Erika from Portland and James from Guam who work on a cruise-ship and spent some free time on the island. With Tim from Canada and Vishal from India I got to explore the Waipi’o Valley with its huge cliffs before we enjoyed the Big Island Brewhaus and Island Döner. Vishal also accompanied me to the Pololu Valley and a star gaze party on Mauna Kea in 3000 - 4000m above sea level. We had a fantastic view on the Milky Way and it was the first time in my life I saw Saturn (through one of the many telescopes they installed). Besides the elevation the temperature changed from 30 degrees Celsius to 7 within one hour.
On the 18th of November, Jesse and Alex from New Zealand, Vishal and I had the chance to swim with turtles at the Black Sand Beach beach and to explore the Kalapana Lava Fields. Both experiences were unique for the whole group.
The next morning we headed on a day trip with Änni and Vicky from Germany and Bente from the Netherlands. We hiked together to the Green Sand Beach where we met Nico from Germany and Lorne and Colin from Canada for snorkeling. Our common dinner at Mehe’s Ka’u Bar & Grill was super funny and the whole group was a perfect and happy match :)
After some of the guys had to leave Big Island I spent another day with Vicky and Änni and the 56 year old Paul from Canada joined in. He’s been traveling for 4 years and is very inspiring as he lives a totally different life than many guys in their 50s. We snorkeled for hours at the Black Sand Beach, enjoyed pastries at Punalu’u bakery and continued with snorkeling at “2 Steps beach” during sunset. After Vicky, Änni and Paul brought me to the airport I was sitting at the gate and felt as happy as I haven’t felt in a long time.
A day before we sang “Auf uns / to us” from Andreas Bourani in the car which is about moments of infinity and times that stay with us. It's a song which reminds me on the summer of 2014. In the last years I was doubting a lot if I will ever feel as happy as in that summer again. And now there were these days in November 2017 on Big Island which provided with a similar happiness. I was so thankful and felt so balanced when I went on the plane to fly back to Oahu.