This is an area that’s close to home that I first visited way back in 1991.
I call it the Lost Kona Coast because it’s a beautiful untouched coastline that hides in plain sight.
Back in the 1990s, there was talk of building several large cruise ship ports in this area and having a road that would shuttle the passengers to town. Thankfully that never happened mostly due to the bad economy here at the time.
This area should never be developed.
I edited out the hike to the coast and the hike back. Those would add another hour and 20 minutes.
The hike started out cloudy and a bit dark but, soon the sun started peeking through allowing for colorful conditions.
This is yet another addition to my new series of hiking videos. They will appear in my Hike-U-Mentaries playlist. If you’re staying at home due to the worldwide pandemic, go on a hike with me. No fancy editing or cool music. Just everything I heard while out there.
Wear headphones or watch in a quiet place to avoid distracting sounds and take in the peacefulness of the area. Taking distancing to the extreme.
I’ll be loading a relaxing ocean sounds video using edited out clips from this hike. For those Serenity Now people 🙂
Why would I show an area I love to hike that I never see other people at? I’m hoping that it helps to preserve this location by becoming a park status of some kind.
The hike takes you by beautiful inland beaches and numerous small sea arches.
I caution anyone hiking anywhere along the coast to be aware of tides and ocean conditions like large swells etc… At the time of this hike the tide was low and the ocean extremely calm.
You’ll notice very large rounded boulders. They get moved around by large swells. Avoid these areas during such conditions. Stay inland by the sand. That’s the high tide large swell waterline.
This area remains relatively pristine and free of trash other than some random fisherman trash near the start. Please keep it that way.
I used the GoPro Hero 7 Black and a polarizer filter. Also, the ZLMC Foam Windscreen.
I was also testing out my Shimoda Action X30 camera backpack. (Not sponsored) An excellent camera backpack. You’ll hear its shoulder harness squeaking some. It just needed some breaking in. https://www.shimodadesigns.com/actionx-30
The nice thing about watching videos is you can skip ahead and watch at any pace you want.
Photos in my website gallery were shot with my Panasonic GH5 and the Leica 8 – 18mm. Dual image stabilization. I’m really enjoying the micro four-thirds camera system. My entire kit weighs only 7.5 lbs covering 8mm – 400mm (16mm – 800mm 35mm equivalent).
I didn’t bring my tripod as it was cloudy at the start and I wasn’t expecting to take very many photos. The tripod would have been for slow shutter speed shots. I improvised for them as it cleared and ended up being a beautiful day.
The gallery can be seen here. https://lavapix.com/#/gallery/the-lost-kona-coast/bl-66733-5-20-dxo/
The volcano stopped months ago and it could be years before it gets going again. I have tons of other videos I’ve been wanting to make so, now I can get busy on them.
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