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Overlooking Pololu Valley [56]

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Overlooking Pololu Valley

We drove to the northern Kohala coast to visit a black sand beach along the Awini Trail. It was a fun hike down to the valley floor where it emerges on the coast. There were wild cattle grazing in the valley floor.


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August 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Halema’uma’u Crater at Night [57]

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Halema'uma'u Crater at Night
This view is from the rim of Kilauea Iki, looking west across to Halema’uma’u Crater. I was taking night sky pictures when i noticed the red glow in the steam cloud that we’d seen earlier. A long exposure broght out the glow of the lava lake reflected by the rising steam.

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August 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

Crater Wall [58]

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Crater Wall
This is a view from the crater floor looking east.  The sun was setting and it bathed everthing in a golden light.
You can also see a number of steam vents in that picture. Steam forms when rainwater percolates down to hot rock below the surface and vaporizes. The white deposits around the vents form when dissolved minerals, primarily calcium sulfates and silica, are carried to the surface by steam.

For scale, here’s a picture of Karen walking along the path to where we had to hike up the edge of the caldera.

Along the path, there were a few offerings to Pele.  For Native Hawaiians, Kīlauea is considered the “body” of Pele, the volcano goddess of ancient Hawaiian legend.  Here is an offering left in one of the many steam vents.

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August 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

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Pu‘u Pua‘i (Gushing Hill) [59]

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Pu‘u Pua‘i (Gushing Hill)

This is a view of the cinder and spatter cone formed by the November 14th 1959 eruption from the rim According the the park service trail guide, the eruption began when a “curtain” of lava burst from a half-mile (0.8 km) long fissure, or crack, in the crater wall. Within a day, multiple vents along the fissure consolidated into one main vent (an opening through which lava erupts).

The reddish brown cavity at the base was the main vent from which lava erupted.

The scale is hard to determine, but it is about 350 feet from the trail to the top of the cinter cone. The picture was taken from trail marker number six on the map:

This is a picture from the trail guide, showing the 1959 eruption:

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August 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

Kilauea Iki Crater [60]

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When we visited the Volcano National Park at the summet of Kilauea, we had a wonderul hike around and in the Kilauea Iki Crater.

Kīlauea Iki is a pit crater which is next to the main summit caldera of Kīlauea. It last erupted on November 14, 1959. Kīlauea Iki Wikipedia article

This is the trail map to the crater (My picture below was taken from where I’ve place the red arrow)

You can see a straight path along the crater floor running from the right edge of my picture across to where the crater wall collapsed. We walked along the rim on the right side, then dropped down to walk back along that path. I’ll post more pictures of this hike soon.

Aslo note the steam rising in the distance. This is from the exposed lava lake in the Halema’uma’u crater. I’ll be posting a wonderful night view of this crater soon….
Kilauea Iki Crater

Here’s a map to the crater in the park:

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August 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

Posted in Landscape, Outdoor, Week 43

Sunset from Ocean View [61]

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Sunset from Ocean View

We came upon this scene as we drove back from the Hilo side of the island, down a ways from Waimea. I pulled over to catch the glow of the sun behind the clouds lighting up the ocean below us.

Here’s a map of the approximate location of the spot on the road I pulled over.

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August 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

Posted in Landscape, Outdoor, Week 43

Akaka Falls State Park [62]

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Akaka Falls State Park

We drove to the lush rainforest side of the Big Island for a Zip Line adventure. On the way there, we stopped to walk around Akaka Falls State Park and got a great view of the falls.

We had a great lunch downslope in the little town of Honomu.

Here’s a map to the park:

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August 24, 2010 at 8:30 am