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... And some we do but these are really fresh. They have plants, flowers, crafts (mainly jewelry), fruits, Vegs, and honey.. There is also Hawaiian music. Today there was a live band,,, really festive. Locals as well as visitors go to these markets. Our next stop was the Akaka waterfall. This is a really pretty waterfall with a beautiful, lush walkway... If there had not been so many people, it would have ...
... and not as up market as Kailuha.
We set off at about 4.00pm for Mauna Kea, Hawaii's highest point at about 13,000 ft and home to several observatories. Mauna Kea is actually bigger than Mt Everest if you count its height from the sea bed (30,000 ft). After a stop to get used to the high altitude we pressed on the the Visitor Centre and then onto the summit itself. 5 of the last 6 miles are dirt track and 4WD is recommended, however our trust ...
... that Tuesdays are cruise ship Tuesdays. What that meant is that lots of cruise ship passengers would be doing shore excursions to the park. We were surprised to see all the buses and just how busy the area was. We quickly decided we would wait and do the lava tube tomorrow.
One of the interesting points we saw on the drive was a lava tube (different from Thurston). It wasn't a big attraction but it was fun to note that the ...
... sight, which was only going to get better later.
We then walked inland about 100 yards to a nearby surface flow. Here, the lava flowed, or rather oozed, in all different directions. It flowed fastest while it was hottest, and then started to slow as it cooled. As it cooled, it turned a silvery color, and didn't look too much different than the hardened lava around it. As we approached, even from pretty far back, we could feel ...
... there navigating some alien planet. Finally, after nearly 90 minutes of driving, we got to the area where the lava met the ocean. Here, you could no longer drive. The road was literally swallowed by one of the latest lava flows. We had to park the car and get out and walk from here on out. There is a beautiful sea arch made out of lava that sits at the edge of the ocean. We watched as monster waves hit the coastline throwing water high into the sky. Walking on lava is a ...
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