Blue Hawaii Takes to the Skies over the Big Island

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour 1Do you ever dream about flying? It’s my favorite fantasy! Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour Take Off If a helicopter spin over Hawaii is in your future, GO BLUE (Blue Hawaiian). Blue Hawaiian HelicopterThey’ve won just about every award there is to win, and now I know why! Boarding the copter Blue Hawaiian Helicopter TourYou can’t request a certain seat, as everything is arranged by weightAlan and Kathi in the Helicopter(down to the last ounce…I had to leave my scarf behind!), Instrument panel Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tourbut Alan and I were blessed with truly birds’ eye views in front beside the pilot. Rickety Runway for Blue Hawaiian Helicopter TourThe helicopter runway was a rickety-looking stretch in the midst of volcanic rubble on the northwest side of the Big Island, Away we go! Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tourbut we lifted off without a hitch (string on the antennae is the pilot’s windsock)Saddle Road. Big Island  and were flying like birds above Saddle Road in no time. Hawaii's Big IslandAs we learned, Hawaii is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago—Sunset view of Mauna Loa from Mauna Keabigger than all the other islands combined.Sunset on Hawaiian Coast The Big Island is graced with 266 miles of stunning coastline Coral and Cinder Beach Big Island including beaches strewn with white coral and black volcanic rocks, Hapuna's Broad Sand Beach. Big Islandas well as golden, white, black and green sand beaches. Big Island from the AirThe Big Island is 4028 sq.mi, which is about the size of the state of Connecticut
(population 3.6 million), Painting of Hawaiibut it has a population smaller than the city of Grand Rapids, MI where I live! (population 200,000). Big Island. Changing ecosystemsDespite its relative smallness, Flowers in HawaiiHawaii’s Big Island is a self-contained world of beauty and diversity. Heavy Forestland. Big IslandEight of the world’s 13 ecosystems are represented on the Big Island, Parrots on Big Islandand over 90% of the flora and fauna is endemic (native to the island), Coastal Hawaiiwhich is the highest rate in the world, Goldfish at HIlton's Waikaloa Villageand gives Hawaii the honor of having the world’s most unique collection of life! Sub-alpine and Mountainous regions in HawaiiOur helicopter tour gave us a breathtaking look at many of those ecosystems! Volcanic Ash Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour We left the volcanic ash and desert dryness of the northwestern coastal area Blooms in the desert Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tourbehind and watched the landscape change from black to brown in minutes. Desert on HawaiiSoon brown was giving way to green as we headed toward the eastern side. Series of lava domes on HawaiiHere is a series of lava domes, which aren’t at all obvious when you drive. Aerial View of Parker Ranch. HawaiiHeading toward the east coast, we flew over Parker Ranch. Cattle grazing in HawaiiSpread over 250,000 acres, Parker Ranch ranks as one of the world’s largest.Growth over lava fieldsFrom the air, it’s easy to see the patterns created by ancient lava flows, Older Lava Flow with vegetation from Kilaueaand the patterns of growth over lava flows from recent history…Lava Flow from Kilaueaas well as barren brownness Recent lava flows down Mt. Kilauea and the stark deadness of the earth as yet unhealed from recent laval wounds. Forests of Big IslandVog (volcanic gasses that look like smog) made it hard to see the lush growth Forests on Big Islandwhere forests have recovered (hundreds of years hence),Forests on Hawaiibut you can still see patterns running down the mountainsides! Helicopter over Mt. KilaueaFrom there, our pilot took us to see Kilauea VolcanoLava Lake in Mt. Kilaueawhich has been continually erupting since 1983,Steam from Lava Lake. Mt. Kilaueaand still has lava flowing down the mountainsides today. Helicopter approaching lava lake Mt. KilaueaInside the West Gap Crater Lava Flow reaching top of caldron. Mt. Kilaueathere is a large lava lake which slowly ebbs and flows. Lava Flow. Mt. KillaueaIn this photo you can see streams of magma and lava spewing up like a fountain.  Research Lab at top of Mt. KilaueaThere is a research lab perked precariously close to the edge of West Gap Crater, Spewing Molton Lava. Mt. Kilaueabut we flew low enough to reach the edge of my comfort zone! 🙂Close up of Vent from Halema'uma'u Crater(This super close up is a photo of a photo from the Visitor’s Center.) Magma glowing red below lava flow on Mt. KilaueaAfter seeing the red glow under the lava,
I was happy to leave the super shots to the professionals! Magma glowing red below lava flow on Mt. Kilauea 2A photographer who works for National Geographic said on his trek it felt like he was walking on chewing gum, and then he realized his boots were melting! Hot lava bubbling on Mt. KilaueaHe survived, but not without a lot of pain. Flying overhead suited me just fine! (Maybe that’s why my pictures don’t come out in National Geographic!) Trees burning from lava flow. Mt. KilaueaAt the edges of creeping lava flows, all the trees are being enveloped and burned.Trees burning* from lava flow. Mt. Kilauea 5The movement is so slow that I couldn’t detect its creep, Trees burning from lava flow. Mt. Kilauea 6but the smoke and fumes were ghastly and pollute the entire island at times.Trees burning from lava flow. Mt. Kilauea 7How true it is that where there’s smoke, there’s sure to be fire!Magma glowing red below lava flow on Mt. Kilauea 3How about you and me? Ever feel like a volcano inside?
Ever find yourself smoldering or erupting?Fires burning at edges of lava flowI definitely have. In myself, I haven’t had the where-with-all to overcome all the problems that have caused me to boil over with anger at times. PelehonuameaAccording to native Hawaiian legend, a goddess, Pelehonuamea, lives inside  Kilauea Volcano, and when she becomes angry, the volcano erupts. Pele's HairAs evidence of her existence, they find strands of her hair on the mountainside, and some people worship her, leaving flowers to appease her anger. Pelehonuamea 3Regardless of your thoughts on Pele, if you’re feeling as unable to control
your anger as an Hawaiian goddess, I’d like to offer you another option.Pelehonuamea 2

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.  And, they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16-25) Let the Lord heal; He is able.
Volcanic Calderas in Hawaii(I took all the photographs on our recent trip to the Big Island, January, 2016.)

One response to “Blue Hawaii Takes to the Skies over the Big Island

  1. Charylene Powers

    Fantastic Pictures

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