Memories of Hilo, Hawaii – 2011

David and I spent a few days in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii back in 2011.  We had a wonderful time flying by helicopter over the town as well as the volcano.

Here’s our helicopter:


The pilot is on the right:


Pu’u O’o crater was simmering when we were there:


The Big Island is 600,000 years old and is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain.  The oldest island is Kauai, which is 14 million years old.  This is part of the Big Island.  The lava here has hardened:


This is Kamehameha School (blue roofs).  It was founded by Hawaiian royalty to benefit the children of Hawaiian ancestry:


This is the University of Hawaii at Hilo (red roofs):




Currently, Puna of the Big Island is being overrun by lava from the erupting volcano.  People in the area have left their homes.  The lava has not approached Hilo.

I am so glad we on Oahu don’t have to worry about lava, because the volcanos on our island are extinct.  They will never erupt again.

7 Responses to “Memories of Hilo, Hawaii – 2011”

  1. Jan Says:

    Wonderful pictures, Gigi! Thanks for showing them to me. 🙂

  2. DeniseinVA Says:

    I enjoyed these photos a lot Gigi. That must have been a wonderful helicopter ride.

  3. Christine Says:

    we did this tour, it was wonderful although I got a bit airsick.

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    What an exciting trip. I signed us up for the same trip back in 1969, and the volcano decided to erupt. Scary times. Kilauea is fabulous.

  5. Cathy Says:

    We spent time on Hawaii many years ago – not much lava flowing at the time although we could see how hot it was (glowing red beneath the crust)
    What great photos to have as a reminder of your day out.

  6. Granny Annie Says:

    I am glad you shared your adventure because that is as close as I am going to get to a helicopter ride.

  7. joared Says:

    Enjoyed seeing your photos. Those residents I know who live in Volcano, HI, which is also an artist community, seem nonplussed by living so close to Pele — even with the current lava flow which isn’t threatening them. But I must confess that it seems to me Pele just might be fickle.

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