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Pu`u Poliʻah [47]

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Pu`u Poliʻahu

One of the best adventures we had on the Big Island of Hawaii was to book a Mauna Kea sunset tour. The tour took us in four wheel drive vans to the summit to watch the sun set and learn about the observatories, geology, ecology and spirituality of Mauna Kea.

Pu`u Poliʻahu is prominent cinder cone at the top of Mauna Kea. If you look closely, you’ll see a shrine that appears to be a pair of vertical poles.

Poliʻahu is the snow goddess deity. According to legend, she inhabits the summit of Mauna Kea and rules over the northern side of the island, whereas Pele, the volcano goddess, rules Kīlauea and Mauna Loa on the southern side of the island.

In winter, Poliʻahu is evident, as it can actually snow at the top of Mauna Kea. It must be quite a thing to go from sun drenched beaches to snow on the same island.

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Written by arangodan

September 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

Mauna Kea – Southern Slope [52]

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Mauna Kea - Southern Slope

One of the best adventures we had on the Big Island of Hawaii was to book a Mauna Kea sunset tour. The tour took us in four wheel drive vans to the summit to watch the sun set and learn about the observatories, geology, ecology and spirituality of Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano with its summit is at 13,796 ft above sea level

This picture was taken above the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station. You can see it at the bottom right hand corner of this picture. The station is at 9,300 feet above sea level and our tour group stopped there briefly to acclimate to the altitude and look through some solar telescopes. We stopped again at approximately 10,300 feet to take some pictures. Here you can see a number of cinder cones. And yes, those are clouds. Some of the other pictures show even more dramatic views of the cloud layer as seen from above.

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Written by arangodan

September 4, 2010 at 8:30 am