Scenery along the Kohala Coast on the west side of Big Island
We're viewing the Waipi'o Valley on the north coast of Big Island
We're hiking down into valley on a mile long roadway.
It's the steepest road of this length in the USA
Looking into Waipi'o Valley
Picture taken when halfway on our way back up
In the forest and looking straight up.
The spectacular Akaka Falls come into view
Scenery on east side of island
Wild orchids grow near the steam vents
Rising steam is caused by rainwater evaporating due to hot magma below
Closer view of Kilauea volcano, elevation 4,096 feet
Loooking down at the Kilauea Iki Crater
Visitors can walk on floor of the dormant Kilauea Iki Crater
Many ancient Hawaiian kings lived here in 18th and 19th centuries
The roadway continiously descends at a 25º grade or steeper.
Only vehicles with 4WD are allowed.
River at the bottom of Waipi'o Valley
Tropical forest in Akaka Falls State Park
We get a glimpse of 100 feet high Kahuna Falls
Beautiful tropical flowers are everwhere
Entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
More wild flowers on 'Ilanhi Trail
Viewing Kilauea Crater
Smoke, small particles, dust, and gasses being emitted
There is a massive pileup of lava in this crater
In the distance above the clouds looms "Mauana Lau" volcano 13,679 feet above Pacific Ocean.
It's claimed to be the world's largest volcano, which last erupted in 1984.
If interested, check out USGS Volcano Observatory: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/
Valley is surrounded by 2,000 feet high cliffs
Another view of valley as we're walking down
Wild horses live in the valley
Along a trail in the park
Trees of the tropical forest in Akaka Falls State Park
The water at Akaka Falls drops 440 feet
Trees and vegetation in the state park
Steam evaporates from large holes in the ground along the 'Iliafi Trail
Here's Hawaii's active Kilauea volcano
Visitors only allowed in designated areas because of possible exposure to toxic gasses
Walking trail with switchbacks that leads to the floor of Kilauea Iki Crator