Food for thought and finding solace in nature

Trip Start Dec 07, 2013
Trip End Mar 22, 2014

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Today was a bit of a bummer. We opted to visit the Lyman Museum and Mission House in Hilo.   The Mission House was originally built for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1839 and is now a museum established by their descendents.  We toured the Mission House and learned about life of the early missionaries.  In the adjoining museum, there are exhibits dedicated to an overview of Hawaii's ecological zones, plant and animal life.  The sea shell and mineral collections were quite special.  A floor was dedicated to "Island Heritage" and presented an overview of the native Hawaiians and immigrant groups.

What bummed us out was the arrogance and intolerance of the missionaries and their desire to institute so many changes that the local culture would be replaced by their own.  It made us think about how intolerant people were able to change how tolerant people live.  We explored this theme and how it has evolved (or not) over the past several thousand years.

It was time to clear our palette, like eating some sorbet between meals, and we made our way back to Hawaii Volcano National Park.  We walked among the steam vents and cleared out our energy.  Sometimes only on a walk like this can one find some solace.

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Ellen on

Loving learning Hawaii through your eyes and lens! Though I spent time in Volcanos NP clearly I need to go back. The Caldera by night photo you took a few days ago will stick in my memory forever. Glad it's such a great trip already!

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