On our recent trip to Hawaii my husband and I went stargazing. The night sky in Hawaii is clear and crisp and free of urban light pollution making it the most wonderful place to take in the vista of the Milky Way. We trekked deep into Volcano National Park to capture Pele's glow in Halema'uma'u crater late at night. It was very, very cold from the high elevation; I was very unprepared in a light cotton long-sleeved shirt and thought I might freeze to death. I have to say my teeth also chattered a little from fear seeing the eerie glow of the volcano and smelling the sulfurous gases belching out.
Everything you've heard about Hawaii is probably true. However it's the things you haven't heard about Hawaii that make it my favourite place in the world. Well, my favourite after my own home and San Diego. If we could afford to up stumps and go anywhere to live for the rest of our lives, we'd be on a plane to Honolulu before the day was out, then we'd make our way to the Puna District on the Big Island and fall quietly off the grid.
|Halema'uma'u by night under the Milky Way|
|Danny, Simon and I in the Kalapana Lava Fields|
|Houses dotted on the lava|
|Halema'uma'u Crater in the Kilauea caldera|