The Lost Kona Coast Hike

Aloha,

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.

No enhancements.

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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No warnings other than social distancing as there’s no flowing lava anywhere on the island. The Kona side has the clearest and most beautiful skies anyone can remember seeing. Be sure you have good sunglasses and reef safe non-aerosol fragrance-free sunscreen. The best I have ever used.

Fine art metal prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009. Tell them you’d like the option to order larger sizes.

Also on my website.

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July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018

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Mandatory* Shutdown – Video of Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Aloha,

A video like this wasn’t ever planned.

Kailua Kona on the west side of The Big Island of Hawaii is having its first weekend of the statewide shutdown for the prevention of spreading the Covid19 virus.

Let me first explain that the stay at home mandate does allow for outdoor activities like walking, running, and surfing, etc… Just no gathering in large groups or entering closed areas. Common sense is allowed. (Parents, stop dropping off or bringing several groups of kids at/to surf locations)

Also, most of what you may hear about Hawaii in the news generally relates to the island of Oahu. It’s like any other large city. The Big Island of Hawaii is mostly rural. Each island is vastly different than the other.

The whole social distancing thing is no big change for myself as I’ve been doing that most of my life due to really bad allergies to chemical-based scents like dryer sheets, perfumes, etc… I prefer not to shake hands or hug as these scents can transfer to me and I get pretty sick. People, please stop using scented dryer sheets and detergent.

I did this walk through town mid-morning on a Saturday. A time when like anywhere would be bustling with activity on a normal weekend. Of course, this was and is nothing close to normal.

The main road that goes through town Ali’i Drive is a short half-mile walk down a hill from my place. I start the video at the bottom of the neighborhood right by McDonald’s. You’ll see a rooster and chickens frolicking about by the drive-thru. Must be how they get fresh eggs and chicken 🙂

Then I make my way down to Ali’i Drive. There was only sporadic traffic and it only bunched up a bit because of the temporary traffic signal at a road const site. There were also other people walking, running, swimming, and biking. Not many but there were some.

I was seeing more homeless people than anything. Two on bikes followed me and often circled behind me as I walked through town. You’ll notice one of them later in the video. These are no longer the once happy go, lucky homeless people, Kona knew. Too many are people you need to very aware of at all times. I mostly avoided filming them if possible. The same with all the people I saw.

Only a few restaurants were open and it was carryout only. The three ABC stores were open but, there’s no one around to go in them.

I saw a few leftover tourists. The hotels in town are all closed.

The gallery I sell my photos at is closed along with the entire Kona Inn Shopping Village until May for now.

Overall it was pretty eerie but, also peaceful minus the leaf blowers. Reminds me of old Kona. Before 9/11.

One thing I learned is no matter what a pandemic/apocalypse does leaf blowers will always survive and maybe even run on their own.

Some shopping areas are taking advantage of the shutdown to do repairs and maintenance.

I spoke briefly with a security guard at one of the hotels and he told me the homeless and other bad elements are a real problem especially at night. He said there are numerous security cameras all over the area and they even post 24/7 security (people) on the roof.

The popular farmers market is not only shutdown but, torn down too. It’s been stated by the property owners that it will return in a much more organized and sanitary set up once this is over.

If you’re staying at home due to the worldwide pandemic, go on a walk with me and see what a popular vacation town is like right now.

No fancy editing or cool music. Just everything I heard while out there. I say good morning a couple of times and answer a question a homeless woman asks me.

I used the GoPro Hero 7 Black and a polarizer filter. Also, the ZLMC Foam Windscreen. No enhancements.

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).

Publishers and alike, I have about 200 quality images of the area available for licensing. They will be posted soon or you can see them by request.

3-28-20

Kailua Kona, Hawaii on a Covid19 shutdown Saturday morning

No warnings other than social distancing as there’s no flowing lava anywhere on the island. The Kona side has the clearest and most beautiful skies anyone can remember seeing. Be sure you have good sunglasses and reef safe non-aerosol fragrance-free sunscreen. The best I have ever used.

Fine art metal prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009. Tell them you’d like the option to order larger sizes.

Also on my website.

Heres my walk through town video.

*Mandatory with many loopholes.

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July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018

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Ka’u Desert Hiking Video #1

Aloha,

I hope this post finds everyone doing as well as they can considering the current situation the world is in.

Maybe this video will help you escape without leaving the house.

I shot this video over one year ago.

My hike started before sunrise so, the video starts up after that and finally retraces the portion I hiked in the dark.

The Ka’u Desert is a vast area that I’ve hiked often.

The return (the 2nd hour) passes through the 1790 ancient footprints area. I’ve been exploring this area for decades and have been documenting the deterioration of them along the way. Many of them are now gone. Erased by erosion. The 2018 eruption had little effect on them but the hurricanes that passed by creating heavy rains and flash floods did considerable damage.

I only show a few of the nearly gone ones and not the better ones to protect their locations. People have been known to steal them in the past. I’m not sure that’s even possible anymore as they’re all pretty fragile.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to spot them and hike without damaging them, please stay on the trail at all times. The old trail used to go right by many of them. It was probably moved to protect what was left. Like anything that’s open to the environment, they will eventually disappear completely.

This very long video only shows a small portion of the desert. Others will follow. Its filmed in a way that allows you to feel like you’re the one hiking. Very little talking and all the natural sounds I heard along the way.

This was my first real hike in over 3 years at the time.

I had hoped to have done several more since then but, let’s just say annoying setbacks from the hips being replaced have slowed me down some. So, I’m doing shorter hikes vs what I’m used to doing until the issues are worked out and I can get back to my extreme adventures. Hopefully this year.

It’s a good time to be far from other people and I have numerous locations that are perfect for that.

Try and watch it in a quiet environment or with headphones so you can truly immerse yourself into the peacefulness of the hike and the area.

Also, be sure and watch it at its highest resolution.

Images from that outing can be seen 2-25-19.

2-25-19

Atlas Athlete Backpack. Excellent camera and regular backpack. (Not sponsored)

Here are images from some of them back when the summit was erupting 12-05-13.

No warnings as there’s no flowing lava anywhere on the island. The Kona side has the clearest and most beautiful skies anyone can remember seeing. Be sure you have good sunglasses and reef safe non-aerosol fragrance-free sunscreen. The best I have ever used.

Fine art prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009. Tell them you’d like the option to order larger sizes.

Also on my website.

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Violet Moffitt Lowry

July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018

2-17-20 YT 83 million 175k subs

10-22-18 Kilauea Volcano Summit

Aloha,

Soon after Hawaii Volcanoes National Park opened I went out for the first full moon at the summit. The usual damp and breezy trade winds were gone and the area had some very heavy southerly rains right up until I arrived. The rest of the night was still and unusually warm.

A huge steam cloud rose high above Halemaumau vent. It would slowly burn off through the night and sunrise.

As sunrise began the moonset also started. The moon set behind Mauna Loa.

During a brief period, the lighting from both the moon and the sun evened out giving HDR-like images. The steam vanished quickly once the sun rose.

The open areas of the park offer up incredible views into the summit’s new look. Stay in open areas. Numerous large cracks are scattered throughout the summit.

Jaggar Museum can be seen in several of the images.

Images from that outing 9-25-18 HVNP

Fine Art prints from that night and sunrise/moonset can be found here 573A – 591.

All were captured with my Panasonic GH5 and various Leica lenses.

9-25-18

A collapsed section of Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

9-25-18

9-25-18

The closed section of Crater Rim Drive. Sunken and cracked up ahead. The setting full moon.

No warnings as there’s no flowing lava anywhere on the island. The Kona side has the clearest and most beautiful skies anyone can remember seeing. Be sure you have good sunglasses and reef safe non-aerosol fragrance-free sunscreen. The best I have ever used.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

Also on my website.

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July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018

10-22-18 YT 72mil 157k subs

6-27-18 New Hawaii Lava Flow Images

Aloha,

I’m finally caught up on editing down my photos from all the helicopter tours I’ve done recently.

They’re in galleries noted by the date. To know what camera was used for an image, it’s the last part of the image name. Either D800 for the Nikon or GH5 for the Panasonic. It’s also noted in the image descriptions.

5 – 31 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

6 – 03 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

6 – 07 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

I’ve also added numerous new Fine Art images. This time I did something new. I gave two series of images their own galleries. This was done because each had so many great shots that are similar but, subtly different enough that it became difficult to narrow them down to just one or two. I’ll let you do that if and when ordering prints or publishing.

Volcano 565A – 565Lc. A series of shots from my Nikon D800 and the Nikon 180mm 2.8. Available in both standard and panoramic sizing.

Volcano 566Ac – 566Nc. A series of shots from my Nikon D800 and the Nikon 16mm 2.8 shot in both FX (16mm) and DX (24mm) modes. Available in both standard and panoramic sizing.

Also, a new sizing ratio has been added to accommodate the Panasonic GH5 shooting at a 4:3 ratio vs my usual 3:2. When I’m shooting I see the 3:2 but, it saves a larger scene. On some, I decided to offer the full uncropped version along with the cropped. These are only available on metal sized from 9 x 12 to 45 x 60. For an example visit image 564 and click “Buy Now“.

Image 564 also has the standard options 8 x 12 to 40 x 60 on metal and the Metallic paper option from 8 x 12 (11 x 14 mat) to 30 x 45. 564c and 564cv. 564cv is one of my favorites from this eruption.

One unique image captured during one of the flights is the large lavafall pouring into what was once Green Lake. The huge flow managed to get inside of Kapoho Crater evaporating the 400-year-old lake in less than 2 hours time. Once the steam cleared a large lavafall appeared ever so briefly the morning of my flight. There was thick smoke over the crater coming from the flows front as it roared through Kapoho and Vacation Land so, sightings were short-lived. It was estimated at 50′ high. Image 567c.

Even though this large eruption has destroyed nearly everything we all knew of Kapoho it is developing an entirely new area of land with possible black sand beaches and new tide pools for future generations.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

6-03-18

Leilani Estates Eruption

6-07-18

Kapoho

6-03-18

Green Lake Lavafall

 

BryanLowry - Helicopter

Samsung S7 Photo

Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

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July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018

6-03-18 Lava Eruption Helicopter Tour

Aloha,

Another spectacular Paradise helicopter tour of the eruption area.

Two videos showing Kapoho mid-destruction.

Like last time my GoPro 5 was attached to the bottom of my Panasonic GH5 so, when switching to my Nikon D800 the GoPro sits to the side.

This outing the GoPro’s battery died before the tour was over but, it did catch the beautiful sunrise flight to the flow.

I concentrated on close up video and photos of the fountain at fissure 8. It was spectacular.

For the closeup footage, I used my Nikon 180mm for the stills and the Leica Lumix 100 – 400mm (200 – 800mm). If you’ve ever shot out of a moving helicopter, you know how tricky this is without a gimbal/gyro. Also, you get what the conditions allow.

In both videos be sure to watch for the huge lavafall flowing into what used to be Green Lake. It looks small in the videos but, was estimated at 50′ high. Green Lake was evaporated in 3.5 hours as the floor had a small finger sneak into Kapoho crater in a bizarre way entering the lake. Just after 16 minutes in the GoPro video and about 30 seconds into the 4K video.

Amazingly the longer video of the flight is getting all the views. People are missing out on the closeup of the fountains spattering in the 4K video. Don’t be one of those people.

Be sure and read the descriptions for each video.

Panasonic 4K video

GoPro Hero 5 Nearly entire flight video

I haven’t edited my still images so, no gallery to view yet.

Below are the links to the previous flight’s galleries.

So its easy to know which camera shot what images I loaded two separate galleries.

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter D800 (wide shots)

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter GH5 (zoomed in shots)

Both galleries start with images shot earlier that morning from Hwy 137 in Kapoho.

Remember, both galleries have multiple pages.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

The eruption is a beautiful sight to see but, tragic too.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

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July 7, 1937 – March 12, 2018