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02-26-2012, 06:11 PM #1
Pua Po'o, Hawai'i (the Big Island)
Pua Po'o is a lava tube in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This lava tube is only available to a small group of 12 every Wednesday led by a Ranger. You have to call one week prior to your trip to secure a spot, and it's very difficult to play the phone game to get in. Although I really dislike guided stuff, I can't recommend this enough. We were lucky enough to get a Ranger who was a expert in local biology, which added to the experience immensely.
Find out more, including how to sign up for this hike: http://www.bigislandhikes.com/pua-poo-lava-tube/
A long exposure of our group
Deep in the tube
Lava tube stalagtites:
The white, reflective stuff is bacteria that has some promise for cancer research
Exit into lush rainforest
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We wanted to do this one our last trip and ran into the same booking problems you did but couldnt get on board. Hopefully this april's trip.
03-07-2012, 11:27 AM #5
Heading to the big island in april. Any suggestions for hikes, beaches, adventures off of the beaten path?
03-07-2012, 12:35 PM #6"Powder snow skiing is not fun. It is life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality. What we experience in powder is the original human self, which lies deeply inside each of us, still undamaged in spite of what our present culture tries to do to us. Once experienced, this kind of living is recognized as the only way to live
03-07-2012, 12:40 PM #7"Powder snow skiing is not fun. It is life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality. What we experience in powder is the original human self, which lies deeply inside each of us, still undamaged in spite of what our present culture tries to do to us. Once experienced, this kind of living is recognized as the only way to live
03-07-2012, 07:34 PM #8
We are staying 3 days in kona for scuba and snorkling and 5 days near pahola. Any suggestions for hikes to beaches off the beaten path or to beautiful locations.
03-07-2012, 08:04 PM #9
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I really like exploring in Hilo.
And be sure to explore the neighborhood where the lava sures over the road and homes there! Now that's awesome to see nature that close and personal!●Canyoneering 'Canyon Conditions' @ www.candition.com
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"He who walks on the edge, will eventually fall."
03-08-2012, 06:53 AM #10
- Pololu Valley to Honokane Nui (along the northern coast)
- A Bay (between Kona and Kohala) petroglyphs, gorgeous coastline, great sunsets
- Find the Kahena Black Sand Beach (clothes-optional and the surf is very intense here)
- East Point - easternmost point of the island. Just park anywhere and hike in either direction along sea cliffs
- Mauna Kea / Mauna Loa - climbing one of these is always on our agenda. Otherwordly. Mauan Kea has an ancient basalt quarry you can visit if you can find it.
- Hawaii Volcanoes Natl Park - I always spend at least 3 days here. Do the touristy crap first because it's actually worth it. Try for the lava tube hike described above. Make sure you head toward Jaggar's museum for night lava viewing in Halema'uma'u crater. Or, if you hit the jackpot, do real night lava viewing if Pu'u O'o is going off.
Here are some general suggestions for "off the beaten path:"
- Anything on Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea
- Waimanu Valley - steep, long hike to an amazing valley, usually a backpack
- Pololu Valley to Honokane Nui
- Green Sand Beach - near south point
- A Bay (more of a locals spot)
- There are lots of petroglyphs around the mega-resorts in Kona. It's annoying to visit because they are on golf courses and resorts, but some amazing stuff to be found.
- Mo'okini Heaiu: well-preserved human sacrifice temple. Near Opulu airport. Extremely creepy spot, go late afternoon for good sun.
- Kau Desert - In HVNP, but seldom visited is this acid-rain created lava desert.
The best beach I've ever seen in my life is Hapuna Beach. Find the "Hapuna Beach Prince" (I think) and park in their public parking. Every beach in Hawaii is state land, and hotels almost always have to give to access.
Get the "Blue Book" guidebook from Andrew Doughty. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good.
03-13-2012, 07:11 AM #11
Thanks to so many of you for great suggestions. I really appreciate your help
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