A Hike and a Lava Tube (365:32)

Today’s Hawaiian adventure started with a hike higher up on the volcano that my brother lives on, Hualalai. We drove up to around 2800 feet and hiked in to Honuaula Forest Reserve.

The climate around 3000 feet is incredibly different than what I’d been seeing further down the volcano. It is certainly more of a rainforest although not very hot. It was a pleasantly (to a Seattlite) cool 63F when we left the car around 8:30am. I only pulled the camera out a couple of times. This was more about the hike than photo ops, but I had to capture that giant fiddlehead fern! I wonder if they’re edible like the little ones back home?

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Later in the day, while my dad and brother were off playing golf, my mom and I went back to the beach. Again, I didn’t really take any photos. Just laid around talking and hanging with some of the honu that we had seen yesterday.

It was getting late in the day as we were driving back to my brother’s and the light was getting very nice. So, I decided to stop at the big lava tube I’d already seen several times that’s right around mile 91 on the Queen K. You can easily see it on google maps.

From the road, you can only see that there’s a big hole. So I didn’t really know what to expect. Climbing down into it, I quickly realized I could just barely scratch the surface of exploring it today. So after just a few minutes, I decided I’d better turn back and return later when I have more time, and possibly my tripod. I only hope that the light will be as good.

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