No trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is complete without a visit to the end of Chain of Craters Road. Many times, visitors will check out the Holei Sea Arch, but completely skip out on fully venturing to the end of the road. Don’t be one of those people. The hike to the end is relatively short, though at times it feels like it is never ending. The National Park Service says that it is a one-mile roundtrip hike, but it feels much longer than that. It’s probably because the hike in and out is on a flat and monotonous paved road. Doesn’t matter, I’d suggest that you tough it out.
Coty, a newly minted member of the Chaminade University family, invited Joel and me to his campus to watch the Christmas lights lit up for the first time this holiday season. The night would begin with a prayer service in the Mystical Rose Oratory chapel. Joel and I would meet up with Coty as he exited just after 6. The 3 of us would follow the crowd from the chapel to the front of the Clarence T.C. Ching Hall where the lights would be turned on finally.
Located on the southern flank of Kilauea is one of the largest petroglyph fields in the state. Puu Loa, or, “hill of long life,” contains over 23,000 petroglyph images. Michelle and I decided to check out the petroglyph field after a visit to the end of Chain of Craters Road and the Holei Sea Arch. The hike in is about a one-mile trek on uneven, rocky terrain. However, once you reach the wooden planks at the end of the trail, you are awarded with a unique opportunity to view ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs carved hundred of years ago. Continue Reading
This year’s Waikiki Holiday Parade, sponsored by Gateway Music Festival & Tours/Superior Bands, was to be held between 7 PM and 9 PM along Kalakaua Ave. as usual. But the recent stormy weather in Hawaii shortened the event by almost a full hour. Up to 4,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, and 38 bands were expected for the night. As Kalakaua was closed off between Saratoga and Monsarrat Ave. to accomate the marchers, a large number of paraders still managed to finish the path. Numerous bands, a few vehicles, and even some clowns were seen along the route before the rains shut everything down.
Christian and I planned to go up to the Round Top lookout to take some night shots over Oahu and also to spin some steel wool on fire. We went during his lunch break and did not have much time. Due to there being a lot of onlookers in the spot, we decided to save the steel wool spinning and ended up spending much of the time shooting light trails of vehicles that drove past us that night. We would also use some time to draw Pac-Man using a flashlight.
The Halemaumau Overlook at the Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must see whenever visiting this one-of-a-kind national park. We decided to visit the Jaggar Museum on the last night of our stay at the park. It was about 5pm, or so, when we found ourselves at the famous volcanic museum. Unfortunately for us, it was very cloudy with slight showers. The clouds were plentiful and hovering close to the crater, leaving us and every other spectator with nothing to see. So, we decided that we would head back to the Volcano House, wait a bit, and then return to the Jaggar Museum later in the evening with our fingers crossed.
Recently, Alan invited me to take some pictures with him and ‘Cat’, who we met a few weeks ago at Loy Krathong, on the North Shore side of the island. Cat’s friend Lily would also join us. Starting late in the afternoon, we aimed to take some pictures at the Laie Hawaii Temple next to Brigham Young University (BYU), where both Cat and Lily reside, then we would watch the sunset by the heiau in Pupukea. Afterwards, we would return to the Temple to take a few night shots. To increase the diversity in our shots, Alan decided to mainly use his short telephoto lens (85mm) while occasionally using a fisheye (8mm) and I would only use a wide angle lens (24mm). Our adventure would begin when we arrived at the sartorially inclined campus of BYU in Laie.
The main attraction at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Kilauea and the active craters that surround it. That said, The Holei Sea Arch is a neat little side attraction that you can visit as you explore the various lookouts on Chain of Craters Road. Near the very end of Chain of Craters Road is a formation known as the Holei Sea Arch. As far as what it is, I’ll let the scientist explain it:
A few weeks ago, Ahnate invited me to join him for a vegan pre-thanksgiving dinner held in Nu’uanu at Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet. Spots were to be reserved between 4p and 8p, although arriving there much earlier than the time we reserved didn’t elicit any problems. While getting to the food was fairly quick on for our first plate, an impressive line was formed around 7 when we went to get seconds. Food was easily dispensed throughout the night, however.