S: Hawaii 2010
FC: Hawaii | [the Big Island, HI - 9.10.2010]
1: Never stop exploring
2: “No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same. For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear; I can see its garland crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its woodland solitudes, I can hear the plash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.” -Mark Twain
5: LET'S TRAVEL | Not all those who wander are lost
6: Mauna Kea | [9.16.2010] | Standing at 13,803 ft above sea level, much of Mauna Kea is below sea level; when measured from its oceanic base, its height is 33,100 ft — more than twice Mount Everest's base-to-peak height. Mauna Kea is about one million years old, and thus hundreds of thousands of years ago it passed the most active shield stage of life. In its current post-shield state, its lava is more viscous, resulting in a steeper profile. Late volcanism has also given it a much smoother appearance than its neighboring volcanoes: contributing factors include the construction of cinder cones, the decentralization of its rift zones, the glaciation on its peak, and the weathering effects of the prevailing trade winds. Mauna Kea last erupted 4,600 years ago. According to the USGS, as of January 2012, the Volcanic Alert Level is "Normal" | With its high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow, Mauna Kea's summit is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation, and one of the most controversial. Since the creation of an access road in 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit. The Mauna Kea Observatories are used for scientific research across the electromagnetic spectrum from visible light to radio, and comprise one of the world's largest telescope facilities of their type. In April 2013, the Thirty Meter Telescope project was approved, and will be the largest telescope ever built.
8: BREATHTAKING | Waipio Valley
9: Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii. Not only is "The Valley of the Kings" an important site for Hawaiian history and culture, it's also a place of dramatic tropical beauty.This fertile valley is about one mile across and over five-miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2000-feet high. Waipio Valley was once the home of thousands of Native Hawaiians. Today, there are less than 100 residents living amongst the waterfalls, taro fields and rivers permeating the valley. Hawaii Island's tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls cascades down 1,300 feet in the back of Waipio.
10: Explore Your World
12: “Everywhere I went in the wild corners of Hawaii, I found that the biology was as astonishing as the beauty. The landscapes have value beyond the enchantment of a waterfall or the surreal drama of an expanse of slick rock with bits of green life taking hold. Exploring these islands intrigues the mind and stirs the imagination, for nature in Hawaii is at her most inventive and extravagant best.” - Cynthia Russ Ramsay, Hawaii's Hidden Treasures
14: Our Hawaiian Home
15: Wyndham Mauna Loa Village, Kailua-Kona
17: On the Road...
18: “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert | Beauty everywhere you look...
21: Papakolea | Green Sand Beach, Mahana Bay | Green sand is formed by the gemstone olivine, also called peridot that has been brought to the surface, from deep below the earth, by volcanic action. The Hawaiians considered green sand to be the tears of the Goddess Pele and used the sand in healing ceremonies.
22: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Volcanoes are monuments to Earth's origin, evidence that its primordial forces are still at work. During a volcanic eruption, we are reminded that our planet is an ever-changing environment whose basic processes are beyond human control. As much as we have altered the face of the Earth to suit our needs, we can only stand in awe before the power of an eruption. | Home to Madam Pele The Hawaiian goddess of fire & volcanoes | Kilauea: "spewing" or "much spreading" One of the world's most active volcanoes. The volcano has been in constant eruption since 1983.
23: Legends says that Pele's father sent her away from Tahiti because she had a very bad temper. It seems she was always fighting with her older sister (Na-mako-o-Kaha'i), who was the Goddess of the Sea. Pele left TaLiti in a canoe and went to Hawaii where she made many fiery volcanoes.However, every time she made a volcano, her sister (who had followed her) flooded the fire and put it out. Finally, they had a very big fight and Pele was torn apart by her sister. Then, Pele's spirit was free and she became a goddess. It is said that Pele's spirit lives in the Kilauea volcano (one of the most active volcanoes on earth). Pele is still known for her violent temper. Some people say that if any visitors take her volcanic rock (lava), she puts a curse on them.