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This is one of the few ways to get away from the ocean. Saddle road runs across Hawaii between the volcanic mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. It is a rugged volcanic landscape. At the peak of Mauna Kea there are several large research telescopes. The visitor’s center that is partway up the mountain has a collection of smaller telescopes for public stargazing sessions.
Hawaii is the land of endless beaches. There isn’t a lot to do, but going to the beach is enough for most Hawaiians. A lot of these were captured in Kona, but a few were from further North.
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South Point is about 60 miles South of Kona. It is the Southernmost point in the USA. Some believe the Polynesians landed here 3,000 years ago. The wind blows a lot and in the same direction as you can see from the shape of the tree.
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The day started out with the typical oversized Hawaiian breakfast. I then headed south stopping at a few beaches before reaching Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park where the abstract photos of a fish pond were captured. A nearby beach is popular with divers and snorkelers.
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Less than two weeks after returning from Hong Kong, I headed halfway back across the Pacific to the Big Island of Hawaii. These photos were captured in the area around Kona. Stay tuned as there are more on the way.
In the morning I was just wandering around Kihei Beach with a camera. Later that day I checked out of the hotel and had several hours before the rental car would be returned so I cruised over to Maalaea Harbor. In a corner of the ocean where the jetty meets iron shore there were at least six large sea turtles feeding among the waves and rocks. I took some liberties with the colors.
The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there. The road is dry and relatively straight. A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel. It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked. You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.
Eventually you arrive at Kipahulu, the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It will take another 20 minutes to reach Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. Kipahulu is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.