Hawaii Photos

Exploring the Hawaiian Islands is a feast for the senses -- fragrant air, warm breezes, bright colorful flowers and sweet juicy fruits... truly a Tropical paradise!

 

This trip was my first travel adventure. Feeling bored and trapped, I quit my job and flew to Hawaii with only a backpack - no itinerary or hotel reservations, just some clothes, my camera, a toothbrush and some money. What a blast!

Map of Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Devastation Trail
Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii

 

Hawaii Coastline

I found the island of Hawaii to be very beautiful, but dry, desolate and haunting -- much different from lush, colorful Oahu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dried black swirling lava coats the island; with good reason since Hawaii is the home of many volcanoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lava beach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devastation Trail in Volcanoes National Park - and aptly named!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge mega crater at Volcanoes National Park

Standing here, with no one anywhere near me, I felt like I was the only one left on the planet. It is that haunting...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the huge mega crater

 

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From the Air

Hawaii from the air
Aerial view of Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii Coastline
Hawaii from the Air
Hawaii volcanoes from the air
Hawaii Waterfall
Hawaii volcanoes from the air
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Aerial view of Hawaii Volcanoes
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava
Hawaii Lava

Lava, Lava Everywhere

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These photos are from a helicopter ride I took in 2011. Very bumpy ride as it was so windy outside - but at least I got some good pics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coastline of the Big Island is so beautiful - very green and pristine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- and yet there are stretches of dried black lava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the clouds were low-hanging which created a mystical feel (almost like Ireland lol)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So green and yet so desolate...

 

 

 

 

 

This is an interesting ridge, just cutting through the mossy green terrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       A long, long slender waterfall along a steep hillside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the first actual volcano is spotted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A different volcano - you can see the steam wafting over the pit. The rock around the top is red so it's definitely hot. So fascinating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching another volcanic pit.

It's like flying over ancient land...

 

 

 

 

And yes, spots of actual liquid lava!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These spots of lava glow so brightly - almost fluorescent...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are closer shots of the volcano pit

 

 

Again you can see steam wafting from the pit

 

 

 

The lava is black and molten, and appears to be swirling

 

 

Hawaii Waterfall

 

 

In various parts of the island are acres of dried black lava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing how trees & bushes still through the lava!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how dried lava appears! Swirled, cracked and wrinkly...in places it looks almost like elephant skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love it! Though it's dry it actually still moves, but very slowly.