Oahu & Hawai'i


Hawaiian sea turtle

This endangered green sea turtle doesn't seem so concerned about its prospects of extinction as it lies protected on the beach inside the Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, a reconstructed 19th century Hawaiian temple and village complex



Mauna Kea

<>Can you believe, a mere 2 hrs drive from the blistering 30C heat from the coast, local Hawaiian surfdudes were snowboarding in near freezing temperatures near the summit of Mauna Kea volcano, home of the Keck observatory.



Kilauea lava pool
If you've never been up close, face to face with an active pool of lava oozing its way out of the ground at 1200C, occasionally overturning rocks in its way, then chalk that as something you'll have to see before you die.  It is a spectacle that you'll never forget.  Even once you get to within a metre or two from the lava, the heat is unbearable.  Stick anything into the pool, and it will melt or burn in seconds.  We decided instead to roast marshmallows over it.

Kilauea lava falls
This is something you may not see anywhere else in the world.  The lava runoff from Kilauea volcano, mostly underground until it nears the ocean shores, suddenly emerges at the top of a cliff and then streams down continously like a lavafall into the cold waters of the Pacific, sending massive bursts of steam into the air.