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Hapuna Beach: Kohala
The north lifeguard tower is near the sign saying that there’s no lifeguard on duty. Swimming is not safe during periods of high surf, which will kick the living daylights out of you. Also, note that the wind sometimes kicks up in the afternoon. We’ve noticed that the southernmost (left) part of the beach is usually more protected during strong winds, but the north end is usually less crowded.
Kilauea Volcano: Kilauea
We’ve been to the volcano countless times, with and without surface lava. It’s always a fantastic experience, though not what people expect. During a relatively calm flow, pahoehoe lava is silvery coated, red or yellow as it oozes its way toward the sea. It is a humbling experience to stand there and observe earthly creation, like seeing the planet during its fiery adolescence.
Lava Lava Beach Club: Kohala
With such a beautiful location right on ‘Anaeho‘omalu Beach, you’re happy the moment you walk through the door. The ambiance is casual, and we love their open-air seating and live music. Choose the coconut mai tai over the regular, or try their cocktail sampler for a boozy appetizer. The menu isn’t extensive, but what they lack in
LAVA LAVA BEACH CLUB
Mauna Kea Beach: Kohala
Probably the most classically perfect beach on the island. This gorgeous crescent of sand over a quarter-mile long offers very fine swimming and boogie boarding during calm seas. On the left side of the beach is a bunch of rocks, creating a linear reef that offers outstanding snorkeling. Don’t venture too far out unless calm
MAUNA KEA BEACH
Volcano Update and Lava Map
This is an excerpt from the new chapter "VOLCANO UPDATE".
On April 30, 2018, however, the crater floor collapsed. The lava lake drained all at once, and the crater got deeper and deeper until the magma fell below the water table. The summit is around 4,000 feet in elevation, and the volcano had spent 35 years storing lava for distribution at this higher elevation. Something dramatic was happening.
Then along came Fissure 8.
Like a gopher tunneling underground, the magma worked its way rapidly to the east, outside the park and down the flanks of the mountain. When it got to a quiet residential development called Leilani Estates (elevation 700 feet), scientists sounded the alarm bells.
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