Aloha Honolulu

Sulphur Banks, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Pathway, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Pathway, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Lehua blossoms on an ‘ohia tree.  In her wrath, Pele turned ‘Ohia into a tree.  Devastated, Lehua demanded Pele turn her into a flower, so she would never be separated from ‘Ohia again.  Plucking a lehua blossom from an ‘ohia tree brings rain, the tears of the separated lovers.

Kīlauea Iki overlook.  Halema’uma’u crater steaming in the background.  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Kīlauea Iki overlook.  Halema’uma’u crater steaming in the background.  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The many textures and colors of lava.  Frothy and iridescent.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Looking down into the maw of the fissure (with hiker for scale).  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Ferns reclaiming the fissure.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Ferns reclaiming the fissure.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Scars left from 1959 eruption.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Scars left from 1959 eruption.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Life reclaiming the lava.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Rock Cairns mark the path across the lava.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Rock Cairns mark the path across the lava.  Mauna Ulu Fissure trail, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

White berries, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Last in the Big Island Curly Things series. :)

Last in the Big Island Curly Things series. :)

Curls.

Curls.

Curly fern shoots.  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Curly fern shoots.  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.