Hawaii (Page 1 of 2): The
Big Island of Hawaii
These pictures were taken on the big island of Hawaii on
Monday, April 25, 2005 and Tuesday, April 26, 2005.
The first photo is of Akaka falls. This waterfall drops
ft. into the water below. It can be found by taking route 19 north from
Hilo for about 15 miles to route 220. There are a few more miles of
driving on route 220 to reach Akaka Falls State Park.
The second photo was taken just off of route 19
somewhere to the north of Kailua-Kona, which is on the west side of the
island. It shows the sharp contrast in weather that exists from one end
of the island to the other. This photo shows the dry and desert-like
environment that exists on the west (leeward) side of the volcanoes.
Tropical rain forests are found on the east (windward) side of the
The third photo shows a lone tree growing out of the
hardened lava that now covers what once was the town of Kalapana.
Kalapana was completely destroyed by a flow of lava from the Kīlauea
volcano in 1990. It is interesting to note, however, that people are
again building homes on this site! I spoke to a man who now lives
there. He says that he will be able to move his home out if the lava
flows return. He also says that he can see the red-hot glows of the
lava flows as he looks to the west at night.
The fourth image is of the Pu`u `O`o volcano. I flew
over it in a small airplane. The volcano is located approximately 10
miles to the east of the Kīlauea Caldera, and about 20 miles south of
Hilo. It is currently active.
The fifth image is a closer look at the Pu`u `O`o
volcano. If you look very closely, you will be able to see the red
glows of the lava flowing within the crater.
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