The Big Island

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.

 

References

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/