Above the Clouds
Island sighting after many hours of flying.
It took a couple of days but I finally realized the Baynyan of Banyan Drive referred to the trees. So many old Banyan trees.
Hale Ma'uma'u Volcano Crater
Crater Rim Trail
Kilauea Iki Trail
Hikers for scale. The cooled 1959 lava lake.
Further along the trail. The surface buckled as it cooled.
A strange mix of rippled-liquid-looking and cracked rocks.
Along the well named Chain of Craters road.
Various lava flows. It's hard to tell the difference between flows from different times -- it mostly looks a lot like this. In geologic time it's all "very recently".
Along Chain of Craters Road
View of the coast.
Biking along the Chain of Craters road. Lava fields for miles.
And that boat! So close.
Hiking over the relatively recently cooled* lava to where the hot lava is visible.
Life .. uh .. finds a way
My attempts at video didn't manage to capture it -- but the brightest parts are visibly oozing.
Hot Lava (closeup)
Hikers for scale. They were much closer than I was willing to go. It was hot like standing near a furnace standing where I was. There were bits of steam venting all around this year, including behind where we were all milling around.
Ocean flow (at night)
It's much more spectacular at night!
So many big banyan trees. Hikers for scale. People were very helpful when it came to being in the shots so you could see how big things were...
View from Onomea Bay Trail
Hawaii Tropical Bontanical Garden
A nice path through plants.
The parrots were loud and opinionated.
Driving near the clouds.
Above the clouds
At the Mauna Kea Observatory Visitor Center.
Above the clouds (II)
A lot of people gathered on the cone to watch the sunset. It cleared out rapidly after that. I hung out a little and ended up walking back down with a guy who didn't bring a light.
Galaxy and volcano and traffic
Somewhat ghostly self-portrait. I spent almost 90 minutes up there away from the crowd shooting sky photos and enjoying the stars.
Downhill my rental camero got excellent mileage.
Punalu'u Black Sands Beach
Also some turtles.
Near Whittington Beach Park
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South Point cliff Dive
I did not partake. I didn't see anyone jump, either.
Royal Kona Resort
It's a rugged stretch of coast.
Yellow Hawaii Tang