On Sunday, March 25, Tom and I took a short flight from Honolulu to Kona on "the Big Island" of Hawaii. Our first impression upon arrival was that we were landing on the moon! This is because the airport is built on a huge field of lava that gives it a bare, moon-like, appearance. We discovered that Hawaii is an island of 5 volcanoes, 3 of them now extinct. Kilauea is still very active, and becaus... Read Full Entry
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Mauna Kea from a distanceAfter leaving the west coast, we crossed over to the east coast of the Island, visiting the town of Waimea on the way. Waimea is at the heart of the Parker (cattle) Ranch. It's where many of the astronomers and employees the Mauna Kea observatory live with their families.
sea turtlesPunalu'u is famous for its hawksbill turtles
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park On the west coast, south of Kona. This is "a city of refuge", where criminals or those who'd committed infractions against "kapu" (taboos) could flee to in order to be saved from execution.