Hilo, HI

27 Oct

Obviously I cannot read. Danger or no danger we traveled over the old lava field to the black beach. It was an incredible experience. The part I’m standing on used to be about 20 feet of ocean water. The actual water is now about a mile further and is black lava rock as far as you can see. But life is already making a come back. Mother nature is incredible.

Punalu’u Beach Park is the most famous black sand beach on the island.  This black sand beach is the most expansive and most accessible black sand beach on the Big Island.  There is a trail that you take from the road, to the ocean. On this trail you will see small palm trees all over the hardened lava. We met the man responsible for this. Each month he takes a dozen children or so on a tour and they plant the palm trees. He said he does this so one day in the future they will look back and remember what the lava flow did to their town, and how they helped regenerate the land by planting new life in an otherwise barren wasteland.

Across the road there is a small food stand and a bar. They have photos of what the town looked like before, during and after the lava flow swept through–maybe that should be oozed through?

The photo below is the black beach, too bad there were no sea turtles, I really wanted to see them.


Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Earth Changes, Hawaii, Photo, Science


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4 responses to “Hilo, HI

  1. charlesmichelduke

    October 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hawaii – One of my dream destinations! But it is on the other side of the world from where I live 😦

  2. Craig & Joe

    October 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hawaii is a fantastic place to visit. To actually stand on the lip of an active volcano has to be the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. The distance is horrible. It took us over 12 hours in airtime, so for you it probably is literally on the other side of the globe.

  3. in every atom

    November 14, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Wow! You are in Hawaii, lucky you! I am so happy for you. Hope you have a great time there. That looks like an incredible place to visit and experience nature. Wow, black beaches and volcanoes. 🙂
    Strange the earth is – on one side the oceans recede and the land grows, and on another side (california), the oceans grow and the sand cliffs fall into the ocean.

    • Craig & Joe

      November 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      We do live in an amazing place (world) and time. I never knew that the Big Island of Hawaii, which is called Hawaii so technically the mailing address would be Hawaii, Hawaii like New York, New York. Anyway, I never knew that this is the only place on earth that experiences all types of climates in one location: desert, snow, tropical, arid, etc.

      When we went up to see the volcano I thought our guides were crazy for making us bring sweatshirts. I’m glad they did, it was cold up there!


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