Hawaii From 13,000 Feet in Mauna Kea, Hilo, Hawaii
Mauna Kea is one of the biggest reasons this place I live exists. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, it popped up from the sea, and created this incredible place. Now considered to be one of the most diverse chunks of land it’s size any place in the world, the Big Island of Hawaii owes it’s success to Mauna Kea and the other 4 volcanoes that make up the island.
Currently getting ready for a summer trip that should be pretty insane. Check it out here: fourthousandmilesproject.com
The big island of Hawaii is one of the slowest places I’ve ever been to in the world. Especially in the US. Things are very community based here. The locals actually have genuine smiles on their faces and neighbors smile at neighbors because they actually want to. The diversity of landscape here is totally incredible for such a small place. Everything from snow capped mountains to active volcanoes to barren deserts reminiscent of african plains to coral reefs teeming with life to lush green jungles to beaches that put the ones in Corona commercials to shame – it’s all here.
Coffee preparation is always step one regardless of where I’m living. Luckily for me here, we grow it on the farm I’m staying at. Once I’ve got a hot mug in my hand, I like to grab the papaya picker and pluck breakfast from one of the trees on the property. If a banana bunch is looking ready, I’ll find my machete and add a fresh apple banana or two to my plate. The joy from this kind of freshness is hard to explain.
During the day, a hike to the beach for some snorkeling and teal water lounging with a 6 pack in the cooler is usually in order.
At night after cooking up a feast with my closest buds, a bonfire at the island fire pit on our private river is as good a place as any I’ve ever been to stare up at the stars and listen to the coqui frogs, the wind, the water rushing by.
The weather. And the accessibility to nature. Any place on the island, it’s right outside your door.
I’ve been here for two months now. I’ll let you know when I figure out a single con.
The fact that the Big Island is not the picture you have in your head when somebody says Hawaii. The entire island is like going through a time warp to some small northern California town in the early eighties.
The Arctic Circle in northern Alaska. Should be only about two months til I get to cross this one off my list!