Monday afternoon Kailua-Kona Christmas greetings to one and all!
For those of you not familiar with the Hawaiian language (like Iâ€™m fluent in it, lol), Mele Kalikimaka is Merry Christmas, so I hope that today on this Christmas Day you and yours are having a very Merry Christmas!!!
Jan and I are here in Kona on the Big Island and needless to say itâ€™s a little warmer and a little less snowy then it is back home in Central Illinois! Itâ€™s great to have sunshine and warm temps in the high 70â€™s with the nice light trade winds blowing to keep things nice and comfortable. Weâ€™ve already put a 1000 miles on the rental car in the week that weâ€™ve been here and have been shooting nature photography at a number of locations around the island and itâ€™s been very fun and very relaxing as well.
One of our first stops was at HawaiÊ»i Volcanoes National Park and the KÄ«lauea volcano. Now to answer your first question, No, we didnâ€™t see any lava flowing! You can see the steam rising from the HalemaÊ»umaÊ»u Crater and weâ€™ve been told when itâ€™s dark you can see the orange glow coming from the crater. At the moment, thereâ€™s not any lava thatâ€™s flowing into the Pacific Ocean, but there was just a couple of months ago! Itâ€™s really hit or miss that youâ€™ll see it! Needless to say, we still had a great time hiking around the park and shooting lots of photos as we always do! Weâ€™re planing another visit over to KÄ«lauea and the other side of the island once again to shoot more photos while we are here!
Hereâ€™s a couple of our snaps from HawaiÊ»i Volcanoes National Park and you can see that there is color and beauty in the land of lava!
We hope that youâ€™re having a wonderful Christmas today and holiday week to come! Thanks as always for taking the time to check out our work!!!
Kev and Jan
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