Big Island Scenery
The Big Island's volcanoes both create and destroy distinctive
black sand beaches. I am not a beach person, but liked this
kind of variety. Back in 1993, Kilauea's eruptions seem to
have left few other surviving black sand beaches.
North-east of the volcanoes is more typical Hawaiian scenery
on the Big Island, such as Akaka Falls, near Hilo.
Here is the first of three coastal vistas I liked on
the Big Island of Hawaii, full of green and blue.
Lush growth, such as above, is found on the Hamakua
Coast. For this 1993 trip I skipped the drier Kona side of
the Big Island, where I had been seven years earlier.
Quite a contrast to active volcanic eruptions,
which are only a short distance south.
Another Big Island resident is the Nene, Hawaii's State Bird.
Many native birds are extinct, and the Nene is protected. The
Nene seems like a goose, and I have its cry on the video.
Although able to fly, the Nene prefers to walk, which makes it
vulnerable to the many predators introduced into Hawaii
during the last two centuries.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free streaming video of this trip
to Hawaii by clicking on: Lava Luau