Travels in Hawai'i


HawaiiAfter wrapping up a two-month long tree-ring expedition to Indonesia in March and April, 1996, I stopped off in Hawai'i for a week to obtain a few tree-ring samples in order to determine whether or not Hawaiian trees may be sensitive to climate variations.

In many ways, the trip didn't go as well as I would have liked. I was exhausted, jet-lagged, suffering from what would be come at least a six-month long bout of bronchitis and feeling abandoned by the people I was working for at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Nevertheless, I tried to get some sampling done on the "Big Island" -- Hawai'i. I obtained permission to stay and sample at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and I did a bit more sampling at Manuka State Wayside (I think) near the southern tip of the Island.

My photography at this point wasn't that great. I screwed up the exposure on a number of shots, may have opened the camera with exposed film in it, and then lost the camera -- with more exposed film in it. It may have been stolen, but I didn't notice it missing until I went to the Pearl Harbor Memorial on the morning of my flight back to New Jersey, where I lived.

So, unfortunately, this is the best I could do. . .

NOTE ON THE MAP PROJECTION: The map above were produced using a Conformal Conic projection, which shows the surface of the Earth as if projected onto a cone. Conic projections are commonly used for mapping small portions of the Earth's surface. I give praise to Charles Culberson's excellent Versamap program which allows me to produce the base maps. They were shaded and annotated using Adobe Illustrator.


Click on a thumbnail to see the full image:
Lava Contact with Pacific Kilauea Escarpment Kilauea Escarpment Kilauea Crater
Lava Contact
with Pacific
Kilauea Escarpment Kilauea Escarpment Kilauea Crater
Kilauea Crater Kilauea Crater Mauna Loa -- Mesic Forest Mauna Loa -- Mesic Forest
Kilauea Crater Kilauea Crater Mauna Loa -- Mesic Forest Mauna Loa -- Mesic Forest
Mauna Loa -- Koa Mauna Loa -- Ohi'a Mauna Loa -- Shrubland Mauna Loa -- Succession
Mauna Loa -- Koa Mauna Loa -- Ohi'a Mauna Loa -- Shrubland Mauna Loa -- Succession
Mauna Loa -- Succession Southbound -- Pacific Coast Southbound -- Pacific Coast Lava Flow
Mauna Loa -- Succession Southbound -- Pacific Coast along Hwy. 11 Southbound -- Pacific Coast along Hwy. 11 Lava Flow
along Hwy. 11
Lava Flow Succession on Lava Flow Northbound -- Pacific Coast Northbound -- Pacific Coast
Lava Flow
along Hwy. 11
Succession
on Lava Flow
Northbound -- Pacific Coast along Hwy. 11 Northbound -- Pacific Coast along Hwy. 11

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