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... of 100% of the northern hemisphere and 85% of the southern hemisphere make for some of the best star gazing in the world. The first telescope went up in the 1960s, and in 1968 The University of Hawaii was granted a 65-year lease to the summit area, now called the Mauna Kea Science reserve.There are more telescopes on this mountain than on any other, including 3 of the world's largest.
Visiting Mauna Kea requires some logistics. Most rental cars ...
... Lava flowing from the Pu'u O'o vent recently reached the town of Pahoa, about 5 miles from where we are staying in Keaau. Following a 2008 vent opening at the Kilauea caldera, a lava lake glows there every night and draws visitors here after sunset. The 11-mile Crater Rim drive skirts the rim of the caldera, but about 1/3 of it has been closed since the 2008 eruption. Still, the remaining portion took us through 3 of the major sites - the steam vents, the Thurston lava ...
... a close eye on the forecast as it's supposed to rain in the next day or two as well - but we're hoping for clear skies by Thursday.
Our first day in Hawaii was busy but incredible. Being here is like being on another planet. Black volcanic rock is everywhere, and it makes you realize just how violent and volatile this island actually is. Fun tidbit - 8 of the 13 climate zones exist here. I can't wait to explore more of them!
... your but when we got to the helicopter the doors were on!! Of course they took them off just before we left. Amazing how quickly you can take off a helicopter door! We headed off in the direction of the lava :) we got to see the current breakouts near pahoa and then went a little upstream and saw some more breakouts and a sky light (Google it!) which aren't so documented as they're not near houses. Then we got to see the main event - the main pu'u 'o'o vent! The pilot tried ...
... go up and active volcano. It was on the opposite southern side of the island so we made a full day of it leaving around 9am and not getting back until nearly midnight. You need to be up there at dusk to see the lava flow so we headed north and looped right around taking out time, checking out botanic gardens and Hilo town on the way.
Once you get over to the western side the green, lush nature of Hawaii returns in all it's splendour. In fact the ...