Aloha, kisses from Hawaii

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I went to Hawaii last month to celebrate my mother’s and cousin’s birthday. This year my moms twin sister passed away in her sleep. It has been a hard year for my family so this birthday was extra special.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in a few years, and it was so amazing to have our family together.
Hawaii is a string of islands in the Pacific formed by volcanic activity. The islands are constantly moving and changing from active lava flows. The coast is always changing. My flight went from LAX to KOA on Big Island. At the airport, I got picked up by my mom and sisters, and after refueling on some yummy vegan burgers we were ready to explore the island!
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Our first stop was the Place of Refuge, a holy site on the Island dating back to when the native Queens and Kings ruled the islands. It used to be that if you had broken the law, and made it to touch the Place of Refuge, you were absolved of your crimes.
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We stayed at a resort together for a week, and we spent much of that time on Kona side of Big Island- snorkeling, swimming with sharks, and watching epic sunsets. Kona has beautiful beaches-
they are as diverse as you can imagine.
There are black sand beaches, made of the darkest, soft lava gravel. There are white sand beaches, with shells and large dark brownish black lava rock. There are coves, with warm jets of water emerging from the sea rock.
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 Did I have extraterrestrial encounters? Yes.
More to come on that later.
It was very enjoyable trip.

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