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And the view up the Hamakua coast

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And the downtown buildings along Bayfront (=Kamehameha Avenue)

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The Hilo Farmers' Market is a very colorful place with lots of locally grown fruit and produce. Here's a lady selling misc. orchids.

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Papaya is grown all over the place where we live in lower Puna.

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All sorts of local goodies!

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Not to mention vegetables...

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And more orchids!

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And anthuriums are everywhere

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Like I said...

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OK, that's it for the anthuriums!!

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Lots of colorful art. This part of the market is across Mamo Street from the part that primarily sells fruit and vegetables.

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This couple, originally from Guangzhou (China) always has lots of very interesting, and tasty, fruit.

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Same couple, from the other side.

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And, the main reason for my stop at the market this Saturday morning: to buy a durian ("The King of Fruits"). And this vendor is the ONLY ONE selling durian. Here are 3 of them.

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I select the only one that's ripe and ready to be eaten today. 7 lbs and $14 (special deal - normally the price is $3 per lb.).

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After my stop at the market I'm heading up the Hamakua coast to have a close look at a Metroxylon in a garden about a dozen miles up the coast (I know, it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it... :D ). I posted photos from that garden in the Hamakua Garden thread under Discussing Palm Trees.

Heading up from Highway 19 to the garden I can't resist a photo of Mauna Kea.

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From the same vantage point, looking in the opposite direction out towards the Pacific Ocean. People who live up here have great views. And usually plenty of space!

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And after a very interesting stop at the garden, the owner, David, and I head down to the little of village of Honomu where we enjoy an interesting conversation at Mr. Ed's Bakery with something to eat and drink. And Dean, the owner, stops by at our table to talk story! :)

The only thing I can't figure out: how come everybody else isn't over here enjoying this amazing place! ???

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realarch

Nice pictures Bo, had such great weather the last few weeks, although a bit dry for Hilo. Just a note, Google Earth has finally

updated the resolution for east Hawaii! I can finally see my house and Bo I can see yours too including the shade structure.

Tim

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Jeff in St Pete

Great photos everyone!  I'm really enjoying this thread about life on the Big Island.  Please keep the pictures coming!    

You know, it's funny how many people come to Costa Rica and ask me "So, what's it like living on the island?" .....Huh?

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As you may realize, here in Hawai'i they are strict about importing animals... which is good but I do miss my chameleon "Buddie" (he's my avatar)  I had to leave him behind (my mom takes care of him now).

This is Buddie as a "baby" sitting on my thumb...... 1246521564_l.jpg

A more recent pic...

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Panther chameleons are the best as far as color and they are very sweet too.

Check this out...   http://chameleonsonly.com/

You can't bring any reptiles to the big island but a while back, someone released Jackson chameleons....   so...  I went chameleon hunting!!

Here's a few new additions to our garden...

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A baby...

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Ok just one more of my pet that I had to leave behind   :(

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We "harvested" these chameleons from a vacant lot across the street...

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This guy is my fave...  I named him "Kopala"

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Angela, your pictures of Buddie are too cool, almost makes me want one. We'll have to stick with our turtles for now.

We went and talked to 'The Turtle Lady' down in HPP and she brought about 100 turtles with her when she moved from

Texas a few years back. She gave us the permit form to bring our turtles with us when we move to Hilo early next year.

Too bad they aren't quick enough to eat Coqui's.

Tim

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amazondk

Angela,

I like the spider webs on the lizards horns.  

dk

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Gbarce

Always wanted to have chameleons as pets.  They are just so facinating.  From the fused toes and prehensile tail to the long stick tongue and the independently moving eyes.  The ability to change color isn't even half of what maked these reptiles so unique.

And you get to pick them up from your back yard????  WOW!  

Hawaii is so cool!!

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(Gbarce @ Mar. 16 2008,05:41)

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Always wanted to have chameleons as pets.  They are just so facinating.  From the fused toes and prehensile tail to the long stick tongue and the independently moving eyes.  The ability to change color isn't even half of what maked these reptiles so unique.

And you get to pick them up from your back yard????  WOW!  

Hawaii is so cool!!

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Actually we didn't have any in our yard before collecting them... that we knew of.  

I was extremely sad to have to leave my pet behind- I went through chameleon withdrawls  :(   We heard about them living here wild so we started looking for some...  turned out there was a bunch right across the street from our driveway...  we started our own "chameleon relocation" program!  We have all the same trees as the trees we found them in so they will be happy!

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They aren't nearly as colorful as Panther Chameleons ( but what are... except for maybe tropical fish?)And if you don't believe me, click on this...

http://chameleonsonly.com/ (if you haven't already). Panthers come from Madagascar....  like so many great things!!  I bought my panther from that website.  They are really nice and very supportive...  I have talked to them on the phone and they are always very helpful.  If anyone is thinking of getting a chameleon as a pet (who DOES NOT live in Hawaii) I highly recommend them!  They even export them to other countries now.

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amazondk

Angela,

Is there a function for the horns?  Do they fight each other or anything of the sort?  What are known as chameleons around here are iguanas that change from grey to green depending on the place they are.  

dk

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putu enjula

(amazondk @ Mar. 16 2008,16:05)

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Angela,

Is there a function for the horns?  Do they fight each other or anything of the sort?  What are known as chameleons around here are iguanas that change from grey to green depending on the place they are.  

dk

I've heard that the males push each other around with their horns but I've never witnessed it. (I guess you could consider that fighting)  My Panther chameleon does not have horns and the males are more colorful than the females...   the females are a boring grey or brown.  But female and male Jacksons are almost identical in color...  the difference between the sexes are the horns.  Contrary to popular belief, chameleons do NOT change color to blend in with their surroundings...  they change color according to their mood and to communicate with other chameleons.   When they are "happy" (not stressed) they all kinda look like the chameleon in the second picture in post 222. Note he is virtually lacking all of the geometric patterns...  in the last pic you can see "kopala" who was very agitated from my handling him...  he has some nice stripes on his eyelids and a high-contrast geometric pattern. When they are really stressed they turn black.

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putu enjula

(realarch @ Mar. 15 2008,14:34)

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Angela, your pictures of Buddie are too cool, almost makes me want one. We'll have to stick with our turtles for now.

We went and talked to 'The Turtle Lady' down in HPP and she brought about 100 turtles with her when she moved from

Texas a few years back. She gave us the permit form to bring our turtles with us when we move to Hilo early next year.

Too bad they aren't quick enough to eat Coqui's.

Tim

Thanks for the compliment.  Hey when you move to Hilo you can go Jackson chameleon collecting too!  They go well in a garden! :)

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Drove down to Kalapana a few days ago, and hiked out to the active lava flow with my sister and her husband (visiting from Sweden). Took us just over 30 minutes to drive down there, and hike out to the active lava flow. That's record time! That's the good news. The bad news is that they kept spectators about 400 ft away from the active flow. I'm used to actually walking on the active lava flow so seeing it from a distance was sort of a let down. Took a few photos, just the same!

Here's a shot of the inland flow (which wasn't all that impressive!)

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And this is a bit to the left, with several flows going into the Pacific Ocean. When it got dark, this was actually quite impressive but I wasn't able to get a good shot.

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And part of the crowd out in the middle of nowhere!

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Can't see the flow in this photo. These palms are living dangerously and may literally be toast VERY soon. The active lava flow is within feet of some of them.

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Pretty much in the same area. Here's a lava breakout that happened just a few seconds earlier.

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Here's one more photo from the same occasion. My brother-in-law took this one right after some vegetation (maybe a palm ??? ) went up in flames, This would happen every now and then.

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A few days later - on March 18 to be exact - we drove to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and even though the weather was miserable, and our planned Kilauea Iki hike had to be cancelled (well, actually postponed) because of rain, timing was perfect. This photo is taken from the Jagger Museum and the main crater of Halemaumau is visible. That's where all the smoke is coming from. Actually from one of the crater walls. This steam just began a few days earlier, and the Halemaumau outlook had to be closed at that time. I took this photo Tuesday afternoon. Very early Wednesday morning there was an explosion in Halemaumau crater - the first since 1924, and this entire area had to be blocked off because of possible toxic fumes from the volcano.

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Five days later, and on the last day of my sister and her husband's ten day visit here we decided to drive up to Volcano again, and hopefully do the Kilauea Iki hike (which they've done before). The entire time when we were heading up on Highway 11 it was raining, and things didn't look too promising. As we reached the 3500 ft level on Hwy 11, all of a sudden the clouds began to disappear and we had blue sky. We were - for the most part - above the clouds. At least above the rain clouds.

I've done the Kilauea Iki hike many times, and it's perfect for visitors because it's short (4 miles - at an easy pace it takes about 90 minutes, including a few stops here and there) and you get to see a LOT of different terrain and environments.

Here's a shot from the Kilauea Iki outlook/parking lot towards the steam coming out of Halemaumau.

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And as we're heading down on the trail on the right side of Kilauea Iki, I'm taking this photo looking back towards the parking lot, which is on top of the crater wall (but not visible in the photo).

There's a "path" across the crater floor, and that's where most people walk on the hike. I don't believe there are any people on the path when this photo was taken, but IF there were, they would probably not be visible in this photo anyway. This crater is a BIG hole! And I should point out that "Iki" means "little" in Hawaiian... :)

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In Nov/Dec 1959 Kilauea Iki had an incredibly spectacular eruption, with a lava fountain that at times went 1700 ft straight up in the air. That's more than a quarter mile. I found this old photo that was taken at that time. You probably wouldn't want to get too close to this one!

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After a while we reach the floor of Kilauea Iki. Here's my brother-in-law and sister enjoying the scenery!

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