Photo Essay: The Big Island of Hawaii

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Welcome to Hawaii’s famous Big Island — home of a live volcano, Technicolor sunsets, endless recreation and a laid-backlifestyle. Here is my week on the Big Island, in photos:

In This Hawaii Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The Beauty of a Volcanic Sunset
  • A Smoking Crater
  • An Underwater Greeting
  • And More!

If you’ve ever read any of my other Hawaii posts, you already know what a huge fan I am of these tiny, tropical islands in the Pacific. They feel like home to me. A Hawaiian local once told me that the Islands are now calling the “Old Hawaiians” back home; the feeling I have — the connection — may well mean I was once an Islander myself… in another life, that is.

Regardless of where your beliefs lie, however, we can all agree the islands are beautiful. And I was once a Maui Man myself — though a recent week (our honeymoon!) on the Big Island may have me leaning towards it as the Big Kahuna.

Here are 24 photos of Hawaii’s Big Island, from one unforgettable week:

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Volcanic gasses make for outstanding sunsets.

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Some intrepid divers built this underwater, at a depth of about 10 metres.

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Hapuna Beach — the Island’s nicest, and busiest, beach.

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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau – if you broke ancient Hawaiian law, the punishment was death — unless you made it here before they got you…

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One day, I’ll be a waterman.

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Watching the International Space Station pass overtop Mauna Kea.

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Kailua’s ever-smoking caldera.

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Kona Coffee — the world’s finest bean.

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Home to perhaps the best sunsets in the world…

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Hawaii has plenty of drive-to snorkel spots.

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Volcanoes National Park’s famous “Road Closed” sign.

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Free-diving at Two Steps.

 

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Puffer fish — pre-puff.

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Inside the dank, dark Thurston Lava Tube.

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Star gazing at Mauna Kea’s Visitor Center — 9,200 feet above sea level.

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Lava flows have destroyed more than 100 homes since 1983.

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Kua Bay — in case you’d heard the Big Island lacks nice beaches.

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Lava overtook the Chain of Craters Drive in the 1970s.

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Heading out on a night-paddle.

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The lunar-like landscape of Volcanoes National Park.

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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau — the place of refuge.

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Happiness is a warm sun.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

2 comments… add one

  • David Webb Sep 19, 2013

    The gasses in the air (VOG) make the sunset bright and vibrant. Kind of like the way smog does.

  • CoffeeMan Sep 10, 2013

    Why do volcanoes affect sunsets???

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