Monthly Archives: August 2013

Akaka Falls

This is from last year, but it’s still a good one.

Akaka Falls is North of Hilo and at the end of the road through old sugar cane fields.  It’s one of the falls I wanted to shoot the first time I saw a photo of it years ago.  Looking forward to getting back there sometime soon.Akaka Falls

Lava Tree State Park

Hundreds of years ago, a lava flow engulfed a stand of ‘O’hia trees on this site. The lava surrounded the trees, burned them out and left vertical, hollow, lava tubes where each tree once stood. Nice trails go throughout the park and you would be smart to stay on them as the ground has numerous cracks and fissures, some seen and some hidden.

You can see the impression left by the bark inside some of the lava tubes. Enormous Monkey Pod trees are also inside the park while some of the giant specimens have recently been cut down. It does allow for more light inside the park. No cost to go inside. Located in the Puna District on HWY 132.

Lava Tree

Lava Tree 1

Lava Tree Bark

It’s a nice, slow walk around the park and worth your time if you are in the area.

The Red Road Is No More

The Red Road is gone.  Vanished.  Well, the pavement is still there but the RED pavement has been ripped up and replaced with black asphalt.  All of this was done quickly and quietly.  The last part of the Red Road that was actually red has now slipped into memory.  And blogs.

Before.

Red RoadAfter.

Red No MoreI’m glad I had the chance to drive it while ‘Red’ and shoot numerous images and capture some video.  I’ll be posting more on the old Red Road soon.  I guess that will be it’s new name: Old Red Road.

You Can’t Get There From Here

We just missed this big boy by a few minutes.  These limbs are falling about every couple of weeks from the Albizia trees and blocking the road.  I’m surprised that we still have any trees. This is HWY 132, also known as the Pahoa-Kapoho Road and Old Government Road.  Tropical Storm Flossie also knocked over a few trees and snapped limbs causing the road to be closed for a day while the county cleaned up the mess.  Someone said that the trees should all be cut back from the road to lesson the dangers of driving….I think they where thrown over the cliff into the sea.

Tree