Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii

I was on the Big Island of Hawaii in February.  A month after I left the earth tremors started and subsequently the volcano erupted.  Ironically, there was so little going on with the volcano during my visit that I did not bother to go see it.

 


Maui 2017 Part 2

 

Maui is known for its endless beaches and the volcano Haleakala.   The shot above is a stitched panorama of the crater taken from a location only accessible on the way down the mountain.

 

 


Maui 2017 Part 1

 

Maui is known for its endless beaches and the volcano Haleakala. This trip I didn’t bother with the twisty road to Hana.   The shot above is a stitched panorama of the crater.

 


Views of Maui

DSC_9991

15 Photos in This Gallery.

Just some of the typical sights on Maui, provided you are looking in the right direction.

 


Humans of Maui (Expanded)

 

Here is a collection of street photography and street portraits from Maui.

 

 

 


Life is a Beach On Maui

Kihei Beach faces West on Maui’s Southwest side.   Towards the end of the trip I tired of driving around the island.  My hotel was across the street from  3 public beaches.

 


Haleakala

DSC_9519

10 Photos in This Gallery, the pano is 2,000 px wide.

From sea level to 10,000 feet (3,000 M) it takes about an  hour of driving to get to this magnificent view at the highest point on Maui.

 


Maui Hang Gliding Glory

 

DSC_9441

6 Photos in This Gallery

These daring guys were jumping off the side of Haleakla, sailing through space like birds.

 

 


Image

Hilo

Lili`uokalani Gardens

Lili`uokalani Gardens

6 Photos in This Gallery

Hilo is a town on the wet side of the Big Island.  It is across the bay from Mauna Kea and surrounded by rainforest.  Not that many tourists from the US mainland go there, but it is a regular stop for buses full of Asians.

A few of these photos were taken at locations North of Hilo on the final leg of the trip driving back to Kona.


Image

Akaka Falls and Hakalau

Sugar Mill Door

Sugar Mill Door

10 Photos in This Gallery

Akaka falls is about a 35 minute drive North along the coast from Hilo.  The park has a short paved loop through lush rainforest with the main attraction being a long waterfall.

Further North,  soon after the turn off for Hakaka Falls you will see a bridge across a ravine.  Turn left just before the bridge and the road will take you under it eventually.  The area used to be the site of a sugar mill.  It was destroyed by a tsunami.  The foundation and some heavy steel parts remain.  People swim in the estuary because the beach is rocky.  Tourists from the mainland do not get to see this place.  I saw no other rental cars there.

 


Image

Chain of Craters Road

Lava Field #3

Lava Field #3

8 Photos in This Gallery

Chain of Craters Road starts at 4,000 ft elevation and descends to sea level over 20 miles.  It leads through lava fields and craters all of which are relatively recent by human time, not geological time.  The road has been connected to Puna to provide access to the area for residents only.  Skies were particularly beautiful that afternoon, amazing considering the bad weather earlier.  The last two photos were made back at the hotel in Hilo that evening.  Getting on the elevator with a load of those girls was an experience.


Image

Kīlauea

Kīlauea

Kīlauea

10 Photos in This Gallery

Volcanoes National Park is a 2.5 hour 95 mile drive from Kona, or about 40 minutes from where I was staying in Hilo.  On arrival it was 59F/15C, overcast and misting.  Most visitors were not dressed for the weather.  The gift shop sold lots of sweatshirts that morning.  After about an hour, the clouds lifted and a beautiful day followed.  Kīlauea started erupting in 1983.  Before the caldera was not there.  It is one of only four volcanoes in the world were magma is visible from the surface.  The others are in Siberia, Antarctica and Iceland nowhere near warm and sunny beaches.  The Nub is a recently created formation as well.  Note how small the people on the trail are for scale.

The main stop between the entrance to Volcanoes National Park and Chain of Craters Road is the Thurston Lava Tube.  It just happens to be located under a rainforest.  You can see only a few miles from this location in most directions the area has sparse vegetation.  In the final photo children were singing a song in Hawaiian asking the gods for permission to enter the area.

The Park is not as exciting as it was 2 years ago.  Lava has stopped flowing into the sea.  All areas where lava is flowing on land have been closed to public access.  Previously available hiking tours are out of business.  Most of Crater Rim Road and the area around the caldera remain closed due to the risk of poison gas.


Image

Saddle Road and Mauna Kea

Wilting Tree

Wilting Tree

6 Photos in This Gallery

This is one of the few ways to get away from the ocean.  Saddle road runs across Hawaii between the volcanic mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  It is a rugged volcanic landscape.  At the peak of Mauna Kea there are several large research telescopes.  The visitor’s center that is partway up the mountain (9200 ft/2800 M) has a collection of smaller telescopes for public stargazing sessions.  Across from the visitor’s center is a short steep trail leading to a view of the valley below.


Image

There Must Be Something in the Water

Launch Ramp #2

Launch Ramp #2

Hawaii is the land of endless beaches.  There isn’t a lot to do, but going to the beach is enough for most Hawaiians.  A lot of these were captured in Kona, but a few were from further North.


Image

South Point

Tree and Grass

Tree and Grass

10 Photos in This Gallery

South Point is about 60 miles South of Kona.  It is the Southernmost point in the USA.  Some believe the Polynesians landed here 3,000 years ago.  The wind blows a lot and in the same direction as you can see from the shape of the tree.

 

 

 


Image

The Big Island II

Fish Pond Abstract

Fish Pond Abstract

8 Photos in This Gallery

The day started out with the typical oversized Hawaiian breakfast. I then headed south  stopping at a few beaches before reaching Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park where the abstract photos of a fish pond were captured.   A nearby beach is popular with divers and snorkelers.


Image

The Big Island

Wholesale Lobsters

Wholesale Lobsters

8 Photos in This Gallery

Less than two weeks after returning from Hong Kong, I headed halfway back across the Pacific to the Big Island of Hawaii.  These photos were captured in the area around Kona.  Stay tuned as there are more on the way.


Image

One Fine Morning

Koi

Koi

In the morning I was just wandering around Kihei Beach with a camera.  Later that day I checked out of the hotel and had several hours before the rental car would be returned so I cruised over to Maalaea Harbor.  In a corner of the ocean where the jetty meets iron shore there were at least six large sea turtles feeding among the waves and rocks.  I took some liberties with the colors.


Image

The Other Road to Hana

Not For Sale

Not For Sale

The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a  back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there.  The road is dry and relatively straight.  A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel.  It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked.  You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.

Eventually you arrive at Kipahulu, the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It will take another 20 minutes to reach Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. Kipahulu is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.

 

 


Image

Inside Haleakala

 

Crater #1

Crater #1

I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time  I hiked down into it any real distance.  It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a  different perspective than what is viewed from the rim.  My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job.  They were photographed before the hike.  Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).

 

 


Image

Iao Valley

Swimmer

Swimmer

This scenic spot is tucked away on West Maui.  It is not well known and usually skipped by those on the island for only a few days.

 

 


Image

Lahaina and Other Delights

Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  Other photos are from various beach locations.

 


Image

Finding Maui

World Cup Sunset

World Cup Sunset

You can start anywhere to find Maui, but my story starts at LAX before crossing 2600 miles of the Pacific Ocean to land on this island paradise in time to watch the sunset from Kihei beach.  These are all new photographs, captured yesterday.

 

 


Places Without Locations

Crossed Wires

Crossed Wires

Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know. [A fellow blogger who is also a pilot identified “Farmland II”. See the comments.]