2012 Hawai‘i Travelogue

Lava from Kilauea's Pu‘u O‘o vent flows down the pali (cliff) to the coastal plain. This fuzzy shot was the best I could get out of the big camera using Jonathan's monopod for stability. It was after twilight and the long shutter speed and my unsteady hand made getting a clear shot difficult.

Here is my narrative describing our trip to/from Hawai‘i. Although I have this trip listed with all the other Country Walkers trips we've taken, this was not one of their expeditions. Given that it was approaching two years since the Iceland trip, I decided to put it in that category for now. I've linked the corresponding pages from Jonathan's website so that folks can jump back and forth between them.

01 March
LAX to Honolulu | Lima
02 March
03 March
04 March
05 March
Honolulu to Kona-Waikoloa
06 March
Hawai‘i Twilight Volcano Tour
07 March
Hilo and ‘Akaka Falls
08 March
Kealakekua Bay
09 March
Rainforest - Dryforest Birding
10 March
Kohala Waterfalls Tour
11 | 12 March
Waikoloa Beach | KOA-HNL-LAX

The background on the webpages for this trip is the a carpet of koa leaves on the forest floor in the kīpuka rainforest on the slopes of Mauna Loa. I've taken the liberty of altering the color, but not the pattern, to match the color scheme of this site.

I've used the site Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers to identify a lot of the plants we saw. The site is very nicely organized and has a companion site for animals, Wildlife of Hawaii (includes birds).

The images on the site, unless otherwise noted, were taken either using an Olympus C8080 Zoom (3264x2448 pixel JPEGs), an Olympus Stylus 790 SW (3072x2304), or an iPhone 4S (3264x2448). I occasionally had a circular polarizing filter installed on the C8080 depending on the light. The image size of the resulting JPEGs are about 3.5 MB each. I burned the unedited version of all images onto a DVD before editing them.

I took a total of 952 images (ones that didn't get deleted on the spot for being too fuzzy) over 11 days - no snaps on March 12. I've weeded through them and put a selection of them on each day's pages.

Also because the 790SW has an incredibly short focal length available, most of the flower close ups were shot with that camera. Also, on the rainy days, I used the 790SW camera as it is waterproof; and being pocket-sized, it was also used at dinner and traveling when I didn't want to pull out the big camera. It's obvious that this was the camera I used while snorkeling on the 8th.

On this site, I've whittled the image size down to two sizes - a thumbnail I use on the page for the day, and a 640x480 pixel (or 480x640 pixel, assuming I haven't cropped or altered the size) image that I've saved optimized for web usage.

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updated 12 June 2015