Hawaii Big Island 2010


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Packing for Hawaii-- except for the cat.
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Lewis on the plane
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In-flight magazine
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All the passengers-- so many children!
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At least Hawaiian street bums give you flowers
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First view of the hotel lobby. Hapuna Prince Resort.
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Lunch poolside on day one
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View to the ocean
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Lewis starts to think about relaxing
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Rick on day one. Notice the clean shave and unburned complexion.
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Hapuna beach, day one.
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Green umbrella on black lava rock
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The long walk to our hotel room at the very end of the resort
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The view inland-- we could hear the turkeys here but never saw them.
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The hotel lobby was an open atrium with a dynamite view!
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Our rented car and blue guidebook. On the way to see north Kona on day two.
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Kohala Forest Reserve
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It doesn't look like they really want us to take this hike.
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Hiking down-- so far no hazards
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Kohala trees
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Looking down on the black-sand beach. We didn't go all the way down-- it was a hot day and we had lots to see.
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View north along the coastline. You can see waterfalls in the distance. Unfortunately the very bright day made it hard to see my pictures after I took them, and many were overexposed like this.
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Down the trail
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A successful return!
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House on the bluff... must be rough.
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House of knick-knacks was closed
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Indian Banyon tree in Hawi. Some of these were gigantic, and I never got tired of looking at them.
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Abandoned village. Pretty much anything that was nice to look at was labeled "sacred" and had much highly dubious historical comment.
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Not that bad looking for a six hundred year old house?
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Ah, here's the secret to longevity! I didn't realize that the ancient Hawaiians discovered nylon rope.
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Standing inside the sacred house. At least it was shady.
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Ancient village had nice views
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Ancient village had nice views
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Lots of white "rocks" found all over the black lava turn out to be coral.
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Coral rocks resting on black a'a lava
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Lunch on day two at Splasher's Grill in Kona town
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Waitress takes our picture at Splasher's Grill
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Best shave ice in Hawaii?
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So many flavors-- I had lime/coconut/cinnamon
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Only 4WD allowed from here on out
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On the black sand beach. It's made of ground-up lava.
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Nice house... in the middle of a huge a'a lava field!
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Tried to hike here, but couldn't get the path and ran out of time
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Getting ready to go parasailing at UFO Parasail
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Puffing up the parasail
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At the end of the 1500 ft tow
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Strapping in-- we only paid for the 650 ft tow-- what cheapskates!
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Away we go!!
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Flying so high, with some guy in the sky, is my idea...
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Getting dipped on the way back in
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A perfect landing
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Rick is having a great time. Crewman #1 seems to be grumpy about something.
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Safe and only slightly damp
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A friendly lunchtime gecko
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Gecko gets a cherry snack
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Our hotel room mini-bar. We got the drink recipe off the back of the Malibu Rum bottle, and named it the Kaluha Splash.
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Lewis taking pictures at sunset on Hapuna Beach
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Lewis at sunset
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Rick at sunset on Hapuna Beach
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The arm-stretch double-portait
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The Volcano Winery
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We usually spell it without the hyphen
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Volcano Winery
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Steam vents at the volcano
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A very big crater-- the Kahula caldera
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Hiking around the volcano crater rim
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The smaller crater within the caldera. It opened a vent about two years ago, and is spewing Hydrogen Sulfide, so they closed off the whole souther loop of the crater rim. Boo.
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One of many stretch-arm double portaits. This one above the caldera.
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Lush botanical garden hike
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Walking through a lava tube
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We saw several of these wild Hawaii chickens. They're probably called something else.
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The Desolation Trail, before the desolate parts
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No more forest, it got gobbled up by the lava
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A stone cairn to mark the path at a really big lava field
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This ground is younger than we are, from 1974 at this part. A really, really big lava field! And windy.
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Little plants slowly return to the lava field
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Standing in the wind at the big lava field, April 2010.
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On the Chain of Craters Road, walking down to the overlook
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From here, you can see an entire coastline of new lava. This is the place they show you in the commercials with the boats going up to the molten rock. But the week we were visiting there was nothing making it to the ocean.
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View from the hotel in Hilo
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More view from the hotel room in Hilo
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Inside the spartan room at the Hilo hotel
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The pool was undergoing renovations (along with the rest of the hotel.) Fortunately it was too cool that day to enjoy a poolside swim.
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Rainbow Falls, I believe. We saw several waterfalls that day, so I might have the names mixed up.
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Newlywed couple taking sappy pictures at Rainbow Falls.
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Another Banyon tree. This one was humungous!
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Some park near more falls. I loved all the lush greenery everywhere.
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Loster claw flowers
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Tiny white flowers
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More lush greenery
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A coconut tree forest. Usually you don't see them so densly packed.
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More forest-- the screensaver shot.
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Big leaves hiking in the botanical gardens
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Some kind of ginger... Thai I think.
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Dwarf pineapple
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Taking a break at the botanical garden
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Another double self-portrait at the botanical gardens
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A very big plunge for the Akaka Falls
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Hard to really get the perspective here. The hilllside just went straight up the other side and was thick with jungle.
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You can read the sign
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Another set of scary hike warnings
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We didn't hike down this one, but it sure was pretty!
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More valley
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The room at the Marriott resort was the nicest yet
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A view of the pools and the ocean-- perfect for sunsets!
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Lewis feeds the fake goats imaginary food
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Morning at the resort. 100% Kona coffee in the cafe, infinity pools, snorkel gear and kayaks to use... and more.
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I don't look so burned here, but got kind of toasty after snorkelling (and later at the poolside bar.)
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Taking a tour at the Greenwell coffee farm. They prune the trees to the trunk (center) then the next year they come back (right) and the third year they produce coffee beans (left.)
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A little coffee tree
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A kloseup of the Kona koffee berries
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Lunch on our last day, at a pub in Kona. The place is plastered with dollar bills tourists leave behind. Lewis is thinking about this new job.
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From Harvad to this... at least he likes the chocolates.
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Outside LuLu's pub

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