Mauna Kea, Akaka Falls and Honomu

Quite a long day going up and down and to and fro!

Good Morning, white mountain.
We left early to ascend from sea level to 4207 m, because of the high possibility to get altitude sickness and thus planning breaks every now and then.
Even though there are trails, walking up there is not encouraged healthwise, also the land is sacred to natives, both very valid reasons not to hike here.
But the roadside stops make it easier to acclimatize.
Until we see the telescope park appear.
The Gemini Observatory is an astronomical observatory consisting of two 8.1-metre telescopes, Gemini North and Gemini South, which are located at two separate sites in Hawaii and Chile, respectively. The twin Gemini telescopes provide almost complete coverage of both the northern and southern skies.
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Half our car got a bit sick and out of breath with flickering vision and all, so the triumph of being up there was cut short and we fled the summit as fast as we could lol.
Back down it was all good again, with just a bit of a lingering headache but we walked it away in the Akaka Falls State Park.
The park is so lush green and overgrown with vines of all kinds, very unreal.
After taking a short set of stairs, turn left and follow the paved pathway through amazing greenery and small waterfalls flowing into babbling streams.
Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by gorgeous plants including giant ti plants, birds of paradise, torch ginger, bamboo, and philodendron.
Especially gorgeous are the giant bamboo patches that tower over the walkway.
The vegetation is so dense you could get lost right beside the path.
Some of the trees seem really old and all the air roots make them look massive.
The waterfall comes in sight.
Thundering beauty.
Some of the plants that live on the edge of the forest.
Boom, zoom!
Mini falls.
Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Honomu, Hawaii
Honomu Theater, H. Tanimoto & Sons, 1931
Has seen better days…
Shop mile!
Sarong Heaven :)
Orthodox Church Honomu
Honomu Henjoji Mission
Honomu Hongwanji Mission

That looks interesting.
This cutie was showing us out.


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