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... The road is popular for bikers, and we saw a few of them having a picnic at this overlook.
By the time we finished all this driving, it was time for lunch. We stopped by the Volcano House just across the street from the Visitor Center. Perched on the rim of the Kilauea caldera, Volcano House is the only hotel in the park, and we had lunch in the restaurant overlooking the crater. The food left something to be desired but where else would you ...
... easily tell where the sun rose and set. North and South, then, were simply known as left and right. As Polynesians settled on land, they stopped traveling great distances and slowly lost their open water navigation skills. At the Astronomy center we also learned that Mauna Kea was considered a sacred site for Polynesians. who attribute volcanic activity to Pele, the goddess of volcanoes.
In terms of modern science, we learned a bit about the 13 telescopes at the summit ...
By this time, it was starting to rain pretty hard and we were running out of daylight, so we decided not to visit Green Sands Beach, which was nearby but required another 2 miles on that one-way road, a ride in a 4x4 from local "taxis" which wait in the parking lot to take tourists down to the beach, and a scramble down a cliff. As a matter of fact, a lot of the beaches on this island are hard to get to like the Green Sands beach. Alas, ...
... seats inside and usually used as a fishing charter boat. We felt very lucky to have such a personal trip just with some friends.
The other cool part was we left nice and early around 3:30pm so basically just hung out with these people until the sunset, and then all the other boats arrived to try and find a good spot. The reason they wait until dark is they can shine bright lights into the water to light up the plankton with they feed on enticing them to up up ...
... when a river of lava gradually builds solid walls and a ceiling. When the lava flow stops and the last of it passes downhill, a cave is formed.
Have a look at the photos to see what there is to see – walking through the lava tube with Kathlyn was kind of like a treasure hunt – along our path was pink tape on the ground marking some important findings – we saw lots of signs ...