For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.
– Mark Twain
Lava, lava, beaches and more lava. The Big Island is a gorgeous place. I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Click for details or check out the references below.
TSA Video including Honokohau, MacKenzie, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DQRyMA4PN8
The amazingly beautiful and free Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park http://www.nps.gov/kaho/index.htm
Some words about the haunted MacKenzie State Park http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2013/04/haunted-hawaii-krg-investigates-mackenzie-state-park-2572430.html
Ahalanui Park and its volcanically heated pool http://www.hawaiiislandlife.com/2011/03/ahalanui-park-big-island-hawaii/
Kalapana – Kilauea Lava Field http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/history/1990Kalapana/