"HI" being the postal abbreviation for Hawaii. Well, not flyin' all that
high; only enough for a decent View From Above
I've had a number of requests for pictures, so I'm posting a few.
Many more pictures, taken on the ground, can be found HERE
Here we have a view into the "belly of the beast":
Look closely in the caldera; you can see glowing lava.
A study in contrasts:
The desert of the Ka'u (South) District meets the rain forest of the Puna (spring) District. The island of Hawaii, commonly referred to as the "Big Island", is roughly the size of Connecticut...and all one county, with 9 Districts.
This is Waipio Valley:
Formerly favored by the Ali'i (Hawaiian nobility), but it got wiped out periodically by tsunamis. Currently inhabited by an eclectic group of farmers and recluses, easily accessible to 4WD vehicles. There's a mile-long black sand beach.
Further along the Hamakua Coast:
Towering cliffs and waterfalls. The only way to see them is by air or on a boat. There are a few hiking trails, but sometimes people go in and are never heard from again. I intend to go check it out for myself someday.
This is "Tourist Central" on the Big Island:
Commonly referred to as simply Kona, it's the "happening" place for "tourons".
(Note huge cruise ship)
Also, for most of your retail needs; other spots on the island have varying availability of basic, typical goods and services.
One layer at a time:
The whole island was built up of innumerable individual lava flows, which continue to this very day...
*My "cyber-bud" Hawkeye's blog