Blog Entry #55: Hawai’i: Thanksgiving with Pele at Kilauea
Thursday, November 24, 2011
|Diamondhead from Honolulu Harbor|
Eight days after leaving Japan, we arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, the day before Thanksgiving, and passed the day refueling in the Harbor. How tantalizing it was to be looking out over the Honolulu skyline to the green hills beyond, over Waikiki Beach to Diamondhead, but not be able to get off the ship! Arcane U.S. custom rules prohibited us from disembarking, so I tried to teach class with the distraction of Honolulu out the window.
|Heading out of Honolulu past Diamondhead [Note wind in shirt :) ]|
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By mid-afternoon we were heading out of the harbor, back out into the Pacific, headed for the Big Island of Hawai’i for Thanksgiving Day.
|Sunrise in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i|
|Relief Map of the Big Island of Hawai'i showing Volcano summits|
|Mauna Loa shield volcano from Kilauea|
|Map of Volcano NP Showing Volcanoes & recent Lava Flows|
|Kilauea crater steaming|
|Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park|
|Sulfur Crystals in thermal area|
Then we headed to the trailhead of the Devastation Trail that follows through the Puu Puai crater from the 1959 eruption cycle that devastated much of the surrounding area. The rain forest has been allowed to grow back on its own, an ecological laboratory of biological succession much like the area around Mt. St. Helens in Washington state following its 1980 eruption.
|Entrance to Lava Tube|
|Inside the Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes NP|
|Roots of Plants come through the ceiling of the Lava Tube|
|Descending to Puu Puai Crater|
|Fern growing in new lava|
|Offering to Pele in Puu Puai Crater|
|Kilauea Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park|
|Puu Puia Crater with 1959 Lava Lake|
|Volcano Lover at Kilauea|
|Pat amidst Ferns|
|In Puu Puia Crater|
All too soon it was time to head back to the ship and return to the Pacific for the next nine-day stretch westward to Costa Rica. A very brief time on the beautiful island of Hawai’i, but somehow appropriate to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the abode of beautiful and powerful Pele.
|Mauna Kea from Hilo on Thanksgiving Day, 2011|