Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sunsets, Lava Tubes and More on the Waikoloa Coast of Hawaii's Big Island

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

The Hawaiian Islands have miles and miles (and miles?) of lava tubes just under their surface.  Some lava tubes become tourist attractions (Thurston Lava Tube) while others become construction hazards into which bulldozers have fallen.  As can be seen, there was only about 1.5 feet between the roof of the tube and the ground the dozer was plowing.

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This lava tube is on Hawaii Route 19 (Queen K. Highway), on the South Kohala Coast, between Kona International Airport and the resorts at Waikoloa Beach.  We passed it a couple of times and it was always in a shadow, so I kept driving, hoping the next time we pass it would be more attractive to photograph.  

Finally, on the way back from Volcano to our hotel, we passed by at sunset.  The overall lighting from the sunset was about as good as we could hope, so we stopped.

When we stopped, three girls happened to also be visiting the tube.  They were a jovial and giggly group, I give them that.

Three Gals Visiting Lava Tube

The drop off from road level to the lava tube was pretty steep and laced with loose, sharp rocks.  There was not a chance in hell that I would try to climb down there.  I was left to admire my shadow.

Me, Myself & I

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