Cathedral of Trees, Puna District

This section of the Pahoa-Kapoho Road has been on many top ten lists as one of the most beautiful tree-lined drives in the world.  It’s easy to see why as you view images of the way it used to be.

After Iselle blew through in August of 2014, the landscape was forever changed.

Few people realize that the Albizia were planted at the onset of WWII to hide movements of troops, supplies and citizens from planes and dirigibles.  The Albizia have been at home on Hawaii far longer than most of the people.

You will never be able to drive under the canopies and listen to the trees play tag with the breeze, but you can see what once was in the following images.

Albizia

Albizia 1

Albizia 2

Abizia Gone

Albizia Gone 1

Albizia Gone 2

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on January 7, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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