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Matt K.
02-20-2013, 11:55 PM
First day in Hawaii we spent exploring the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This park served as a refuge for people who broke the law. If they could get away and get to this part of the island unharmed, they were taken in by the folks living there and they were forgiven their 'crime'. Not many people made it there, since it was only accessible from the shore; the surf is very strong there and pounds on the volcanic rocks. So if the surf did not get them, then it would be the sharks that would be attracted by the blood on their feet and legs from the cuts they would receive in the attempt to get on shore. Quite interesting. Turtles come here to rest and nest. So the authorities thought it proper to put up a fence to keep nosy tourists away from the creatures. I really liked the way they carved the fence posts ...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8493307037_0d4cea314a_b.jpg

Same place; once the tide moves out, pools of water trap all sorts of fish there. Here are some Yellow Tang, photographed through the moving waters. No Photoshop whatsoever. I kinda like the abstract feel of this ...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8085/8494409330_ae0970bcd3_b.jpg

Second day we hiked down from the highway to this bay. It is called the Kiholo Bay, and consists of black gravel/sand. Was a very hot walk in 30 heat, no shelter. There were some palms at the shore, which we welcomed for the little bit of shade. As usual in Hawaii, all these places are not makrked at all, so if you are not from the island, and no one tells you they exist, then you never get to see them. Since there is hardly anyone there, it also provides a good place for private tanning ... you can see a knee where this takes place. Since this is a panorama, my usual treatment applies. If you want to see the original, click on the image.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8494429902_fd74739fb0_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photokubitza/8494429902/sizes/o/in/photostream/)

Randitola
02-21-2013, 08:05 AM
looks like a beautiful place to be....hopefully some day I can get there myself, but for now, I live vicariously through these wonderful photos....It must have been really interesting with the tidal pools. I love that second shot! Btw, I feel really bad that you had to walk through the shelter-less 30 degree heat....must have been terrrrible! :rolleyes:

Marko
02-21-2013, 08:25 AM
Nice info and pics Matt.K - I also dig the abstract fish image.
I was lucky enough to have spent half a week on the Big Island two years ago - One of the most interesting landscapes i have ever seen. Highly recommended.

Hillbillygirl
02-22-2013, 04:43 AM
Looks beautiful Matt, and also a big fan of the tidal pool shot.

Bambi
02-22-2013, 04:58 PM
love the fence posts! I showed it to Ed but he seemed to think that suggesting we do this to ours was a bit much. :D

oh well. I too like the fish shot. as always, your panos are spectacular.

asnow
02-22-2013, 05:49 PM
Another vote for the abstract fish shot and another amazing pano.

Matt K.
02-22-2013, 06:03 PM
Thanks all, I can highly recommend Hawaii Big Island .. out of 13 differnt cluimate zones they boast 11 ... go from desert to rain forest to tundra in 2 hours ...

Runmonty
02-24-2013, 05:11 PM
Thanks for sharing these. The second shot is very cool with the refraction & ripples.

Mad Aussie
04-09-2013, 05:12 PM
Love that pano!!