Thursday, July 16, 2009

Glowing Lava - Ocean Entry at Kalapana of Puna
Going around the Big Island - Part VI

Continued from the post: Pololu Valley Lookout - Going around the Big Island - Part V.

After the Pololu Valley Lookout, our plan was to go to Merriman's Waimea restaurant (our favorite!) for lunch, and then, Waipio Valley Lookout, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, etc, etc. We realized that we were running late, so we called the restaurant and found that their lunch time was over. Extremely disappointed but we were able to get some decent lunch at one of the locals' favorites, the Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi. Yum!

After the long, beer-drinking lunch hour, we decided to skip the rest of the sightseeing spots and went straight to Hilo as we were afraid of missing the main event of the day - witnessing the creation of new land - the glowing lava ocean entry at Kalapana in Puna area. We drove through the Kohala Mountain Road - one of the prettiest road to drive, and arrived at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls in Hilo, our special place to stay overnight.

As we knew we were running late, we quickly checked in, repacked our camera gears lightly and headed to Kalapana. We wanted to explore the Puna areas but it was already getting dark as the sun was about to set.

By the time we got to the Kalapana, the sun was already gone. I quickly set up my camera gears and shot a few pictures with daylight background. The enormous steam clouds, the sound of waves and explosion, and the glowing red light of the molten lava... surreal and awe-inspiring.


molten lava entering Pacific Ocean at Kalapana, creating hydromagnetic explosions and massive steam clouds, Puna, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

To be continued to: Kulaniapia Falls - A Hidden Treasure of the Island - Going around the Big Island - Part VII.

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