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Jan 7, 2017 - Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

January 7, 2017 – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park We spent today exploring Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The Park includes part of Mauna Loa and most of Kilauea. The Hawaiian Island chain was created by volcanoes. There is a hot spot where magma is close to the crust below Kilauea and off shore. The volcanoes came from that hot spot. As the earth’s plate slowly moves northwest, new islands are created. Mauna Loa was created before Kilauea and isn’t currently active, but it isn’t dead. Today’s summit is 56,000 feet above the sea floor....

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Jan 6, 2017 - Waipi’o Valley & Waterfalls on The Big Island

We drove to the entrance to the Waipi’o Valley this morning. There is a series of seven high sea cliffs on the northeast shore of the island with valleys between them. Waipi’o is the valley closest to the Hilo area. It is the only one that is inhabited and accessible by road. The road is a one-lane road down the side of the cliff with 25% grades. It drops 800 feet in 6/10 mile. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed down it. All-wheel-drive and all rental cars are excluded. The valley floor is close to 2,000 feet below the surrounding...

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Jan 5, 2017 - Kilauea Military Camp at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island

We all got up early this morning to go to the airport and catch a plane to the Big Island. Carry-on suitcases are limited to 16 pounds each because it was a small plane. They weighed all our carry-ons and they were all over 16 pounds. Tom’s and mine were each about 10 pounds over. The other three were over by just a few pounds. Tim and Anne were able to get theirs down to 16 pounds by moving some stuff to ours, which we had to check anyway. We got good views of the Hawai’ian Islands from Oahu south to the Big Island. Our plane got to Kona...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Fanning Island

Fanning Island April 14 Since leaving Kona we crossed the International Date Line, so we lost a day, going from Monday to Wednesday. The I.D. line is not a straight line but bends for various reasons and so we will get that day back in another couple of days or so, by having two Fridays. Our next stop was supposed to be Fanning Island, a tiny atoll and part of the Republic of Kiribati a scattering of 32 coral atolls each defined by its ring shape and internal lagoon. This tiny Tropical Island has about 2,000 inhabitant who are Micronesian...

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Apr 10, 2016 - Kona, Hawaii

Kona is on the Big Island of Hawaii but on the western and leeward side of the Island of Hawaii. This is the warmer, dryer more desert like side where most of the tourists stay. It has a laid back almost hippy feel in the old part of the town. While there are no great beach areas close to the town every imaginable water activity is available from the small beach areas available. The rest of the shore line is volcanic rock. There are many historic land marks around the island including Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook first landed and where...

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Apr 9, 2016 - Hilo, Hawaii

Today we arrived at Hilo on the Big Island also known as Hawaii Island. Hilo is on the windward side of the island which means it gets lots of wind and rain. We took a ships excursion up to Hawaii Volcanoes National park. The 520 acre park is host to Kilauea and Mauna Loa, 2 of 5 volcanoes on the Island. Kilauea is the most active volcano on the planet. Volcanoes created the Hawaiian Chain. Kilauea still adds land to the Island of Hawaii. It produces fountains and rivers of molten lava that threaten the areas mostly to the south east of...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Hawaii (The Big Island)

We landed Kailua-Kona, HI on June 14, 2013. We rented a van and traveled to our hotel at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa (Keauhou Bay. Activities: Swimming at the hotel pool (family-friendly, slides, waterfalls, jacuzzi) Snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay (Fair Wind Ocean Cruise) Volcanoes National Park (Day Hike on Kīlauea Iki Trail, Lava Tubes, Devastation Trail) Night visit to Kilauea Crater at (Jaggar Museum overlook) Kona Joe Coffee Plantation visit...

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Hawaii Trip 2013

May 15, 2013 - Puna Coast Trail

Wednesday, May 15th -- As expected, our friend arrived by 9:30. It was a long drive from Captain Cook so he was planning to stay with us for two nights while we hiked trails on this side of the island. Hale Ohana certainly had room for one more. We had the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom which faced the main house and front yard. There were two other rooms, both on split levels from the master. He chose the corner room with two screened windows facing into the jungle. It came complete with geckos. Our friend had already eaten...

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Nov 14, 2005 - Full House

With winter encroaching on the mainland, and the Hawaiin isles proving close haven, we have gone from an intimate community of 4 work traders to a full house. Curran stayed long enough to see the arrival of the masses and left shortly thereafter to seek refuge on a tug boat off the mainland, leaving Noe, David and I to live in the rain. We have family Emminger in residence (Julia, Franz and daughter Jana), who work trade for the time they spend here and use the 4wd they bought to explore the island when not. Martina - a close friend of...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Big Island

We have spent the last few days here on the Big Island and it is truly an amazing place. The contrasts are unbelievable, one moment you will be driving along the coast and there is nothing but volcanic rock where it is hot and humid and then you are in a tropical rain forrest or a beautiful mountain town where the air is cool. We have spent most of our time doing volcano stuff and a number of the photos we have attached show that. Stand outs have been a long and arduous hike to see the larva flows. This was a 4 1/2 hour round trip over some...

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Sep 17, 2004 - The BIG Island!

Aloha Folks! Well, I was up at crack of bird fart this morning, because I was getting picked up by the tour company for my trip to The Big Island, Hawai'i. They took us to the airport, where we got onto one of those lil' propeller things (yup, my arsehole disappeared into my body when I saw it, never mind heard about it!!) The flight, however, was n't bad (we landed in one piece!) so they got two hearty thumbs way way up! We were picked up at the airport by our tour guide Steve. He was good. He had loads of info about everything. The...

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Aug 22, 2004 - Big Island, Hawaii

Enjoyed our first surf lesson on Waikiki Beach and managed to stand up and surf the waves. We both fell onto rocks and had minor cuts so it was a good excuse for Debbie to visit the hunky lifeguard for some plasters. Spent last week in the Big Island, which was fantastic, with a huge variety of scenery. Spent a couple of days in Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. This has the most active volcano on earth - Kilauea Caldera. This is part of Moana Loa, which itself is the largest volcano and also the biggest single mountain mass in the world....

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