Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When most people think of HAVO, what comes to mind is usually basic information that’s not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there’s a lot more to HAVO than just the basics.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to HAVO than you may have first thought.

Hawaii is a beautiful vacation destination. It makes for either a quiet and mild vacation consisting of countless hours lying on a beach or wildly active vacation sure to please event the most avid thrill seekers. What thrill seeking vacation would be complete without exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). The national park occupies a vast array of terrain ranging from tropical beaches to the sub arctic Mauna Loa summit. The huge park has two active volcanoes.

Kilauea Caldera is the youngest and most active volcano on earth. The landscaping is amazing complete with hardened lava and dozens of craters. The park has 140 miles of hiking trails and is open to the public for camping. The park is over 333,000 acres of land so plan to stay a while if you truly want to explore the park. If you don’t have a lot of time, you should plan to at least drive through the park. It is worth the hour or so that it will take you to see everything. The volcano erupts regularly, so in most cases you will get to see some sort of lava flow. However, don’t expect to see eruptions spewing into the sky like in the movies. The flow is fluid and constant, not nearly as dramatic as Hollywood depicts.

The terrain changes so frequently due to the ever changing lava flow that it makes it difficult to follow maps, however the most up to date versions will be available at the visitor’s center. The map can be used for driving as well as hiking. The park has a hotline that tells you what is happening with the volcanoes that day and where to best view the lava flow.

Unlike the rest of Hawaii the weather can change very quickly in the park. The temperatures can be about 15 degrees cooler here than in Kona, so plan to dress appropriately. The park can have blistering heat from the sun’s reflection off of the lava flow. It can be hot and steamy one minute and change to a chilly downpour of rain with little or no warning.

If planning to visit the volcanoes you should be prepared and dress appropriately. Wear hiking shoes or boots; bring sunscreen and lots of water. The heat can cause dehydration quickly so be prepared with lots of fluids because this little nuisance is preventable. Always follow the signs and stay on the trails. Fatalities do happen here at HAVO. The most common are due to people wandering off and getting lost in the park and people getting too close to newly formed lava paths. These lava flows can collapse causing injuries, or even worse death.

If and when the lava reaches the ocean, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid permeate the air. These gases are toxic. Every one should be careful, especially pregnant women, young children and people with upper respiratory problems. The smell of sulfur is strong in the air.

Whether it’s magnificent hiking trails you seek, or simply marking visiting a volcano off of your to do list, HAVO is sure to please.

Of course, it’s impossible to put everything about HAVO into just one article. But you can’t deny that you’ve just added to your understanding about HAVO, and that’s time well spent.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hawaii Fishing

While there is an abundance of different species to be found when Hawaii saltwater fishing, there are also tons of regulations regarding sizes, seasons, and limits on many of them due to preservation efforts and environmental protection requirements. So before you head out to the open waters around Hawaii, fishing regulations should be thoroughly researched and noted so that you don’t end up in violation.
One of the main things to know about fishing in Hawaii is that certain species are limited by season. For example the striped mullet (also known to Hawaiians as ‘Ama’ama) is limited by season, with fishing for the species closed from December through the month of March. The Moi is also limited by season, though Hawaii saltwater fishing for Moi is closed through the summer, from June through August.
The Akule and Halalu are both regulated by season according to size. From July through October, it is unlawful to take these species with a net if they are less than 8 1/2 inches, and otherwise illegal to possess or sell more than 200 pounds of the fish per day under the same size.
In other words, Akule and Halalu under 8 1/2 inches in length are best thrown back. Be very careful not to accidentally hook any sea turtles (Honu) or Hawaiian monk seals (’Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua), as both of these creatures are endangered and carefully protected by the environmental agencies.
Other fishing is regulated according to size or quantities. Here is a list of several species and their size requirements for keep that you can carry along to make sure you are not fishing illegally: Ahi (3 pounds minimum), Aholehole (5 inches minimum), ‘Ama’ama or striped mullet (11 inches minimum), Awa (9 inches minimum), Moi (11 inches minimum), ‘O’io (14 inches minimum), Uhu (12 inches minimum), Ulua (10 inches minimum), Papio (10 inches minimum), Weke and ‘Oama* (7 inches minimum), ‘Opelu kala (16 inches minimum), Manini (5 inches minimum) Opakapaka (1 pound minimum for sale purposes).
These are just a few of the major species that are regulated due to size; be sure you have a complete list prior to setting out for a fishing excursion, as penalties include hefty fines and more. You may also want to employ a guide for such an excursion that is more familiar with the laws of the land and can help you determine what is an appropriate catch and what is not.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hawaii surfing

Hawaii, the most popular surfing destination.

Hawaii surf

Hawaii surfing picture.

Hawaii surfing wallpaper
Kona Hawaii surfing