Volcano Kilauea and Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii: By Helicopter from Hilo

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The best way to tour the lava fields and Kilauea is by helicopter. The main reason a helicopter works so well is because there is no other way to get there apart from being beamed there, and I didn't see any Starship Enterprise nearby. This is an active crater, Pu`u Oo.

red lava kilauea

The streak of red that you see is a red hot lava flow. Yeah, some volcanoes on the Big Island are active. If you look very closely, you can see faces in the lava. Lava comes in many colors, from gray like this photo, to reddish brown and black.

macadamia nut farm hilo big island hawaii

I believe the helicopter pilot Joyce said this was a macadamia farm, but I could be wrong. This was about the time that somebody in the helicopter developed motion sickness and was glad to have a bag handy. I'm not supposed to tell you who that person is except to say it wasn't me.

lava new land on big island

Here is where the lava meets the sea. You can see the slightly lighter shade of blue of water, and below that surface is the new land created by the lava. Sometimes, these shelves break off and float away. I am betting at low tide though you can see the new land. It's how all of Hawaii was created. All of the islands are made out of lava.

lava houses big island hawaii

Here you can see houses built on top of lava. Now, I don't care what you say about Californians who build homes on fault lines because these people seem to have it worse. Not only did lava burn down their existing homes, but 2 years later, after they rebuilt, lava flowed through and burned them down again. At some point, don't you think a Hawaiian would say, "Hey, maybe I should build somewhere else?" Insurance rates have got to be very high in this neighborhood. The people who have it worse are those whose homes were spared and did not burn down -- they can't get to them because there are no roads anymore. Think about that!

hilo coast big island

This is a nice aerial view of Hilo and Hilo bayfront. The bayfront is where you will find many of the hotels. Maybe the nicest is the Hilo Hawaiian if you don't mind horrible $40 buffets and screaming children runningamuck. I'm glad we opted not to stay there.

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And yes, here I am sneaking behind Santa's back to show off my new helicopter hairdo. It will soon be all the rage among other Sacramento short sale agents. Merry Christmas, Everybody.

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Marjorie Taylor
Riverside Homes - Saint Augustine, FL
New Homes in St. Augustine Florida

Beautiful photos - the helicopter is an amazing way to see an area, and from the looks of it, the only way to get to some of the homes!

Dec 25, 2010 03:49 PM #1
Jeff Markell
Geneva Financial, LLC - Orange, CA
Reverse / Conventional Mortgage Pro | NMLS 224196

Love the pictures Elizabeth. It is amazing what Mother Nature can create. The islands of Hawaii have so much beautiful scenery and so much wonderful cultural diversity amongst it's people.

Dec 25, 2010 04:28 PM #2
John Puplava
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C. - Prescott, AZ
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C.

Elizabeth--It look like you had great time.I love to do that some day soon.Those pictures are awesome..Thank you for sharing

Dec 25, 2010 04:32 PM #3
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

The Big Island may be one of the most interesting places on the planet.  I've never toured by chopper...but I have seen that lava flowing live over one of those former roads.  The epitome of awesome.

Dec 25, 2010 06:23 PM #4
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

I have yet to take a helicopter ride even though I visit the Big Island frequently. 

If you are still vacationing be sure to see the Mauna Kea Visitors center. At night they have telescopes set up for public viewing.  You've never seen the stars so clearly.

Dec 25, 2010 07:21 PM #5
Myrna Ziller
Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village - Fresno, CA
National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.)

Wonderful Photos!!!  Thanks for sharing with us. The big island Hawaii has the active volcanoes, so touring by a helicopter is the only way to go. In fact, to tour all the islands by helicopter would be beautiful, too. Everything is so lush and green. Glad you had such a wonderful time....   :)

Dec 25, 2010 07:24 PM #6
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Incredible photos. . .I was told about this place when I was in Oahua. .I wish I had the time then  to take a tour there.

Dec 26, 2010 12:23 AM #7
Tricia Pearson
Tricia Pearson - Pearson Real Estate - Texas Hill Country - Boerne, TX
Real Estate Broker, San Antonio/Hill Country Homes for Sale

Looks like you're having a fantastic vacation, thanks for sharing the pics with us.  Your new hairdo will be all the rage in Sacramento...sort of "helicopter casual"  :)

Dec 26, 2010 01:39 AM #8
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Hmm ~ nice do ~ spikes and all ~ don't you just love Hawaii from the air ~ great photos!!

Dec 26, 2010 02:09 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Thanks, Trica, I'm kinda liking the new do myself. I wish I could write a blog this morning about Honolii Paka Beach, as I've got great photos, but Active Rain is messed up again. I got up early especially to do this, too, but I should have known better. This always happens around the holidays. They work on the servers or Active Rain otherwise doesn't function correctly. So, more tonight!!

Dec 26, 2010 04:35 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like you are having a blast.  A helicopter trip over the volcano sounds like fun.  And I don't get folks rebuilding more than once where they lost a home to a natural disaster.

Dec 26, 2010 05:11 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The red hot lava flows have always been so amazing on the Big Island.  I remember once driving right up the road, to where the lava crossed over and blocked out and ended the yellow stripe going down the road.  No one was going to be able to travel to the otherside of the island using that route for a very long time.  I walked across (carefully) part of the recent flow, and could still feel the warmth beneath my feet.  That's EARTH - just about as NEW as you can get it!

Dec 26, 2010 07:00 AM #12
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner


How wild is that and what a ride to see

Hope you have a wonderful end of 2010

your friend in Charlottesville

Dec 26, 2010 10:56 AM #13
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Wow Elizabeth

What a great helicoptor ride that must have been. The new dew is stunning (profile pic)

Dec 26, 2010 11:20 AM #14
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Wow Elizabeth

What a great helicoptor ride that must have been. The new dew is stunning (profile pic)

Dec 26, 2010 11:20 AM #15
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Elizabeth, so, you have chosen to spend Christams in Hawaii. Nice photos, terrific hairdo (busy style)... Enjoy

Dec 26, 2010 02:32 PM #16
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Merry Christmas to you Elizabeth - a few days late! :-)  "Dude",  I love your new do and the photos.

Dec 27, 2010 02:22 AM #17
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