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Hawaii County

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  • Day101

    Hawaii - Hilo

    December 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Da sich unsere Reise schon bald dem Ende neigt haben wir uns in Hilo noch einen großen Wunsch erfüllt - einen Helikopterflug! 🚁
    Wir flogen 1 Stunde lang über die noch immer aktiven Vulkane des Volcano National Parks und konnten sehen, wie sehr das Umland bei den letzten Ausbrüchen zerstört wurde. An den Dämpfen sieht man, dass im Untergrund immer noch Lava fließt und es zum nächsten Vulkanausbruch nicht mehr lange dauern wird. 🌋Read more

  • Day104

    Hawaii - Kona

    December 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Unseren letzten Stopp auf Hawaii legten wir in Kona, einer kleinen Stadt im Westen Big Islands ein. Hier verbrachten wir die letzten 3 Tage hauptsächlich am menschenleeren Strand, der nur ein paar Minuten von unserer Unterkunft entfernt war . ☀️🏝
    Hawaii hat uns beiden sehr gut gefallen, da die Inseln unglaublich Facettenreich sind, und wir sind uns beide einig, dass wir sicher nicht das letzte Mal hier waren. ALOHA HAWAII 🤙🏼🌺Read more

  • Day65

    Rainforest home

    May 18, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This is my pad for the next few days! It's a cabin on an organic fruit farm, so not as isolated as it looks - I can hear voices in the distance and a lot of chicken puk pukaw-ing. They are part of the WWOOF scheme (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) so there are a few people volunteering here. They don't get as posh a place 🙂

    The (dozens? of) coqui frogs (they shout coo kee!) are really loud at night, but it's quite a friendly sound and it beats dumpsters being emptied and engines being revved and sirens wailing. I'm a little creeped out by the insects (uh ho, a couple of cockroaches, I'd forgotten they can fly - eugh!) but I reckon I'll settle in ok, and I knew 'critters' were part if the deal when i booked. In compensation, waking up here this morning and being able to see right out was amazing - put a big smile on my face, and I slept better than for a few nights.
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  • Day66

    Kapoho Tide Pools

    May 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Tide pools can only mean one thing ... fish!
    But what a remarkable setting. Basically there are several tidal pools protected from the ocean by a reef, so the water in them is really still - no fighting the swell to get pics 😆 I've been told there is great coral in some of the other pools (I'll be back!) but I was quite content in the one I explored today which was lava covered in algae. The water was really clear - no sand to get churned up, but at times the visibility was really poor due to convection currents - I could see them - a rather odd experience for everything to suddenly become blurred. It's obvious in my videos but photos just look out of focus! I was a bit slow working it out, but there are hot pools nearby so I guess it's all the same thing since I'm living on Kilauea (the active volcano)! Very cool indeed!!!
    Honestly I could go on and on about all this - I just remembered I saw a snowflake moray eel, but too far down for a good pic.

    But anyway, after my snork I headed back to the Lava Tree State Park and wandered around the whole thing - only a short walk which is just as well because the sun was scorching by then - a real contast to the evenings and overnight - layers and blanket definitely required.
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  • Day68

    Kilauea caldera

    May 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Yay, made it to Kilauea! The most active volcano in the world 😃 It's been erupting from its east rift zone since 1983 - that's before I started work! Tomorrow I'll be moving to stay near where the current lava flow enters the sea ... I'm hoping that will be the most amazing location, for the night sky too.

    Today I went along the north section of the crater rim drive - the west and south sections are closed because of the gases drifting over from the crater.
    It's impossible to get a pic of the whole caldera because it's so large, and what I hadn't realised is that the caldera the road circumnavigates is an inner caldera contained in a much larger (about x3) outer caldera which I was already inside!
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  • Day71

    Sea view!

    May 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I took a boat trip from Issac Hale Beach down to the lava sea entry point, about 15 miles each way. What an experience. Hours later and I swear I can still taste sulphur in my mouth. I don't know what I was more scared by, the prospect of an unexpectedly violent lava explosion - I'd say we were only 6 or 7m away at one point, or falling out of the boat (very low sides, no railings) as we pitched and rolled viewing the lava.Read more

  • Day75

    Travel and transformation

    May 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    I may have over-egged the title a little, but on my last morning in the home of world-renowned Kona coffee I made myself a cup, and tried it. Well it's still coffee, but I reckon it would make a very good mocca chocolate bar 🙄

    Today I head east to a few miles north of Hilo and have a couple of days to explore the water-sculpted valleys of the east.Read more

  • Day76

    Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden

    May 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    This is a lovely place for a visit. It's only a couple of miles from where I'm staying, on the Old Mamalahoe Highway. Goodness knows how people coped when the road was part of the 'belt' road around the island: it twists around each valley foot/mouth (!...where it meets the sea ...) single track over some of the bridges, one is wooden! Lovely picturesque drive, but few places to pull over. And that was just getting there!
    The gardens follow a valley down, with the Onomea Falls just round a corner, then open out a bit at the sea. Everywhere is densely planted which makes for mostly hopeless scenic pics - just can't capure the beauty the human eye sees. It was just lovely to wander. I have loads of pictures of different leaves/patterns. I will try to resist 😉 I feel a photo shop collage thingy coming on when I get home!
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  • Day70

    Kalapana lava flow

    May 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Wow, wow, wow.

    I headed off in the scorching heat at 3pm towards the viewpoint for the current flow entering the sea and stayed until dusk/dark. I'd meant to set off back while I could still see my feet without torchlight, but the pull to watch just a little longer combined with the speed night comes on caught me out. I had a torch and spare batteries (as recommended ) but it's still hard to plot a route across lava in the dark - only the the final 100m or so but I was relieved to get back on the track.

    It's utterly mesmerising to watch. Apparently 2 dumper trucks of lava flow into the sea every second. I was out for 6.5 hours ... nearly 48,000 truck loads (I'm not sure of the conversion factor US:UK, but what does it matter if there were 48,000!)
    And if a dumper truck is 8m long, that'd be a single-file line 1382 km, or 860 miles (almost exactly the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats!) per day. I can't tell you how many times I've checked that calculation - that's utterly mind boggling!!
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  • Day77

    Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea

    May 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I had the most fitting final day on Big Island. There would have been something missing for me if I hadn't made it up to the 'saddle road' which runs E-W (or W-E ...) across the island on the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. In the past hire cars weren't allowed up there but the road is mostly upgraded, though driving can be iffy if the weather changes.

    It was a beautiful clear morning so I took a picnic to the Mauna Kea Recreation Area which is about half way across. It fed my soul to finally see the tops of those 2 great volcanoes 😎

    I hadn't planned to do this, but feeling inspired I did a little more research and decided to head up to the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre. It's a stop-off point at 3000m for anyone going to the observatories at the top, to help prevent altitude sickness - it's the change in altitude (most will be travelling from close to sea level) that causes the problem. I saw one person really struggling. To go further you have to have 4WD, specifically a vehicle that can do engine braking on the descent.

    Well that's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's lovely up there. I huffed and puffed to the top of a nearby cinder cone (the thin atmosphere, obviously) and got fantastic views over that part of the volcano, and not a soul was around. Very special in ways I don't really understand.

    Then I stayed until dark for the star gazing run by the Uni of Hawaii 😊. The centre has facilities to buy and prepare noodle pots, cocoa, coffee. Plus hoodies, socks, hats and blankets to buy. That all makes sense when the temperature drops to 5C ... that compares to low 30s daytime, mid 20s night at the coast... ie. flippin' freezing! So now I have an extra hoodie.

    They show a film while the sky is darkening, which doesn't shy away from the controversy about having the observatories at the summit. I hadn't heard this before. Mauna Kea is a sacred mountain for the native Hawaiians, not only a mountain, but an actual ancestor. I think some sort of framework is in place now to help reconcile the different perspectives.

    Ace day.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hawaii County, Хаваи, হাৱাই কাউন্টি, Condado de Hawái, Hawaii konderria, شهرستان هاوایی، هاوایی, Comté de Hawaii, מחוז הוואי, Hawaii megye, Հավայի շրջան, Contea di Hawaii, ハワイ郡, Havaii Comitatus, Hawaii Kūn, Hrabstwo Hawaii, ہوائی کاؤنٹی, Condado de Hawaii, Comitatul Hawaii, Гавайи, Гаваї, ہوائی کاؤنٹی، ہوائی, Condado han Hawaii, 夏威夷縣

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