S: Hilo, May 2010
FC: Hilo, May 2010
1: Melanie took me to the Hilo Farmers' Market. Great produce, crafts, and flowers, and I got an "OH" card reading. The card reader correctly guessed that I am an Aquarian! Then we stopped for a Kava drink....OMG! Melanie warned me how bad it tasted. Yack! Supposed to be good for you! Think I'll find something else to keep me healthy, but at least I had the experience. Totally great day!
2: View from Dan and Melanie's lanai | Tiny white shape at base of picture is one of about 10 feral cats that live in the greenery around the apartment building. Tenants feed them and they appear to be very healthy. | Life is Hard !
3: "MOOSIFER" | Moose wants the gecko....! | Give Moosie a wide berth as you walk by him or your legs may bear his mark! | 9thfloor !
4: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the island of Hawaii, displays the results of hundreds of thousands of years of volcanism, migration, and evolution. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the most massive, offer insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors' views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. | Kilauea | Klauea houses the famous crater, Halema`uma`u;
5: Halema`uma`u at night
6: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gargen "A Garden in a Valley on the Ocean"
8: In the Founder's Birdhouse, the macaws, a pair of scarlet, a pair of blue and gold, and a pair of hybrid red and green rainbow-colored, are named after three prominent landscape features: Ono and Mea, for Onomea Bay; Hama and Kua, for the Hamakua Coast; and Hono and Lii, for the Honolii River located in another beautiful valley near Hilo.
9: I have always taught my sons to be dignified....... | ..................sometimes
10: Heliconia Trail
11: Thanks, Mom! | Mom, Could you look at the camera, please? | Mom, Could you smile, please?
12: Dan sat with tired Mom while Melanie took pictures in the Orchid Garden. A butterfly landed right on my face!
13: The Heliconia Trail ends at the Orchid Garden where Melanie shot some great pictures. Tiger orchids, butterfly orchids, and cattleyas, all populate this corner of the Garden.
16: Dan and I spent a day at the Jaggar Museum and The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, then drove along the Chain of Craters Road. We stopped to admire the beautiful flowers and foliage along the way.. I learned about the two main types of lava in Hawaii: Pahoehoe and A'a. Pahoehoe lavas flow smoothly and move forward in tongues or lobes and are characterized by a glassy, plastic skin. When the pahoehoe lava flow cools, it often solidifies to a smooth surface. A'a flows are characteristic of viscous magmas. A'a flows are animated with sporadic bursts of energy. The hallmark of a'a lava flows is the very rough surface it produces when it cools and solidifies. I thought it looked like vast fields of turned over mounds of dirt. If you walked on it barefoot, you'd say "ah, ah"!
18: Glowing-red fissure when we visited the lava beds at night. Hot.....! | ""KEEP AWAY. Unstable cliffs may collapse. Frequent high waves and winds. | Lava's ocean entry, complete with steam clouds.
19: A week or so before I arrived, lava wiped out this road. In second picture, Dan and I are approaching the same part of the road and we all walked up onto the field of very warm, sometimes hot, solidified lava. | On it's way to the ocean, lava burned trees, covered a marked asphalt trail to the ocean, and ate up a few road signs. | HOT!
23: Melanie made coffee for me every morning (so good, I had to buy an AeroPress coffeemaker when I got home). It was really hard to get used to being so spoiled, but I reluctantly put up with it! Even Moose waited patiently on the lanai for breakfast while Dan made faces in the kitchen!
24: Hundreds of years ago, a fast-moving, hot lava flow hit this patch of wet 'O'hia trees. The lava encased the structures leaving behind vertical, hollow lava tubes where each tree once stood.
25: Inside view of lava tube, showing the impression of the tree it encased. | (Silence is golden.... or at least classier ! )
26: Onomea Falls
29: Waipi'o Valley
30: On the black lava flats of the southern Kona Coast, Pu'uhonau o Honaunau is a preserved ancient Hawaiian village. | Translated, the "Place of Refuge at Honaunau," is the most complete restoration of an ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary in Hawaii. | The grounds include a palace, with fishpond and private canoe landing, and three heiaus, guarded by large carved effigies of gods - reproductions, but still eerie in their original setting. An ancient "place of refuge " lies firmly protected behind the mortarless masonry of the sixteenth-century Great Wall. Those who broke ancient Hawaii's intricate system of kapu (taboo) - perhaps by treading on the shadow of a chief, or fishing in the wrong season - could expect execution unless they fled to the sanctuary of a place such as this. As chiefs lived on the surrounding land, transgressors had to swim through the shark-infested seas. If successful, they would be absolved and released overnight.
31: We were able to see turtles in the water and a lone turtle lying on the beach. He really was alive. We saw him move! | Originally built by a Kona chief named Kanuha. After the death of Keawe, a great chief of Kona in the mid 16th century, his bones were entombed within the Heiau. The nobility (ali'i) of Kona continued to be buried here for 250 years. The last person buried here was a son of Kamehameha I in 1818. | Park Entrance | The Great Wall separates the palace grounds from the place of refuge.
33: "You must have breakfast at Ken's while in Hawaii", so we did. Not hard to talk me into that one!
34: The day we drove the Chain of Craters Road, we stopped at The Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), one of the main attractions in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The lava tube was formed thousands of years ago and the section open to the public is 334m long. It is accessed by steps down into the center of the tube. One side is well-lit with lamps along the wall. The other side is not lit at all. We had headlamps on and after we had gone into the unlit tube far enough that no light was visible from the entrance, Dan wanted us both to turn off our headlamps. He says that I turned mine off for two seconds and right back on, then off, then back on. I 'm sure his perception of time was skewed! | On one of the last nights of my visit, we visited the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy. Dan & Melanie aka The Mountain Goats, climbed easily up the "hill" where we would watch the sunset while I wheezed, gasped, and crawled up it. It was worth it. The volunteers give talks on the constellations and planets and the various telescopes they have. The whole experience was awesome. Amazing how cold it was 'up there' compared to the city.
35: I was surprised to see this tiny image through one of the center's gargantuan telescopes instead of the colorful Saturn and it's rings that I've seen in pictures. Then I realized how stupendous it was just to be able to see this beautiful object that is 796 to 980 million miles away from Earth. | You must be south of latitude 30 degrees to observe the constellation Southern Cross (Crux), one of the smallest, but most easily recognized constellations in the southern sky.
36: Where's my oxygen tank?