Category Archive: Hawaii Big Island

A short trip to the Top of the World — TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

Mauna Kea on the Big Island is easily the highest mountain in the world—about 43,000 feet when measured from its base that lies about 5 miles below sea level. The next tallest is… Continue reading

How the history of Hawaii foretells the future of the Earth

There are eight main Hawaiian Islands, created by erupting lava in a universe of ocean, just as there are eight planets (sorry Pluto) adrift in space. Hawaii is easily the world’s most isolated… Continue reading

Rough it in luxury on the Big Island’s South Kohala Coast

The post-apocalyptic view seaward from the highway north of Kona—square miles of jagged slag heaps of black lava broiling in the sun—gives no clue of the oases that lie in pockets along the… Continue reading

The Big Island’s Pololu Valley is like Kauai’s Kalalau only without the people

The green nub on the north end of the Big Island—Kohala— that points toward Maui is a million years older than the island’s southern volcanic slopes, whose shores are being widened by fresh… Continue reading

“Tweeting” in Hawaii used to take many days

In ancient Hawaii (the first Polynesians arrived from Marquesa around 200 A.D.) the only way to send a message other than by speaking was to etch out a symbol in smooth lava rock.… Continue reading

You won’t see this anywhere else in Hawaii: The Waiopae Tidepools

Yes, there are other saltwater pools in reefs with good snorkeling, but not this many spreading over so many acres on the Big Island’s Puna (east) coast. The Waiopae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation… Continue reading

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