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Kohala volcano, Mauna Kea Golf Course, Island of Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii, USA,

Fotoeins Friday: Kohala flank, Hawaiian dawn

It’s a glorious December morning on the Big Island of Hawaii. At 8am, there aren’t any early-bird visitors, except staff to cut, trim, water, or rake parts of the golf course. I’m on the Mauna Kea Golf Course, but I’m not about to tackle the 409-yard par-4 13th hole. Instead, I have to leave the sweet digs at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and fly to Honolulu in a few hours to catch another hop onto the mainland. Before I leave, I’m saying hello to Kohala, an extinct shield-volcano anchoring the northwest corner of the island.

(Click on the “arrow-window” icon at the upper left corner of the map below for details.)

I made the photo above on 8 December 2009 with a Canon EOS450D camera, EF 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/1250s, f/4.5, ISO200, and 115mm focal length (184mm full-frame equivalent). Gotta love the USGS topo-surveys for providing names to geological and geographical features. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

6 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: Kohala flank, Hawaiian dawn”

    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Ashleigh. Have you visited the Big Island before? What parts of the Big Island will you be visiting and seeing?


    • Ashleigh Hibbins

      I haven’t been to Hawaii before so I am very excited. I will be going to Kona and Hilo with my partner, who used to work in the National Park there. We have a few road trips around the Island planned too! Do you have any suggestions on places to visit on the Kona side? We are less familiar with that area.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Ashleigh. Strangely enough, with all the time I’ve spent on the Big Island, I’ve become most familiar with the North Kona, Hamakua, and Hilo parts of the island. That means I’m also less familiar with places south of the Kona airport to the southwest corner. However, people have spoken highly of snorkeling in the waters off the southwest coast, and some people have gone out to the coffee farms. There’s also the Captain James Cook Memorial, on foot or by (approved) kayak. If you get that far, I really like Ka Lae (South Point) for the windswept barren landscape; it’s also the southernmost point of Hawaii and of the United States. I’m excited for the both of you, and I look forward to reading about your trip.

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