I am back!! and in Hot Lava

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

Well I have returned from my 1st vacation with my husband and without the children in 18 years.  Am I ever In Hot Lava!

                              When I landed in Kona my husband greeted me with the traditional Hawaiian greeting. A beautiful lei of flowers. Sweet..:)  it smelled wonderful...all the while giggling to myself because of the pun also known.." got lei'd "           

   Flower Lei by Spotted drum ♥.

So as we are driving down the Queen Kam'ahumanu Highway and looking out at the expansive lava fields,Checking in with the normal how was the flight? Etc...  My husband asks me,

"How do you feel about taking a boat to see the lava flow?"

 I say, "ooh that sounds exciting" while remembering another boat trip I took many years ago to Molokini..... tooo many Mai Tai's.

Hey, I can do this... after all I grew up boating all over the San Juan Islands...

 Fast forward - we had to wait a few days because Madame Pele, the goddess of the volcano, had taken a break. We were waiting for her fury and a full boat..

 Driving to the other side of the Island you can go a few ways. Since we were staying in Kohala we could go Saddleback road or Scenic.

We first went on Saddleback, that was an adventure! Just wanted to check out where we needed to meet "The Lava Guy" Lava Shane.

Saddleback for the most part is just like it sounds, bumpy for most of the way and if you think it's a short cut to the other side of the island, think again.

We needed to meet him at a boat launch in Pahoa. Which means you need to go through Hilo and about halfway to Volcano.  Arriving at the boat ramp you could see it was a Surfers dream as well.  

 So the next day we take the other way through Waimea and stopping at Akaka Falls, picked up a couple of cinnamon rolls for a friend we were going to visit on our way at Ed's Bakery.The walk to the falls was fairly quick and simply beautiful!

     bamboo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Finally Finally our time has come and we are on our way to the Boat Launch.  We arrive just as our boat is pulling in from another charter. I was analyzing their faces and trying to fiqure out if all was good. It was a look... a look I had never seen before.

 All of our boatmates had arrived and we were getting ready to go. We hop on the boat and soon we are launching into a harbor full of surfers. They all throw our Lava guy a hang loose ONE/MILLION's buddy iconand we are on our way.

 

So as we headed toward the upward curl of smoke

we had some time to get to know everyone, my husband was talking to "Lava Shane" of Lava Ocean Adventures,  and I was able to visit with our Hawaiian guide Skosh. These guys are fun and very interesting. A little education thrown in and definetly a good time so far. But nothing prepared us for what was to come...

 As we are motoring toward the Lava Flow, we notice the area where people hiked in to view from Volcano National Park. They are a fair distance away as we pass. We are getting closer and you can feel the heat and steam rising from the ocean.

Now I know why I had never seen an expression like the ones on the previous charter. You cannot describe it adequately, it was just pure amazement.

 

There were a number of flows, pure liquid hot magma! From the center of the earth! From "Pele... the the Hawaiian goddess". Unbelievable.. I felt like I was in a National Geograpic magazine. feeling the heat and steam..  it was mesmerizing and yet something more..

 As we are heading back, a stunned silence be felled us for a moment and then the chatter.

                                                                                                                                                            

The moon almost full had found it's way through the clouds and it was then that I felt pure joy. Looking out across the vast ocean with the moon shining brightly and the experience we just encountered I looked over to my husband and felt pure joy. Now I know, the man I married so long ago, has given me so such happiness.

                                              What an amazing experience!

 

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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Outstanding lava flow picture!  You never did call me!

Aug 17, 2008 07:27 AM #3
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Liz- Your welcome put it on your to do list. 

Carol- www.lavaocean.com 

??- We looked at real estate as well, have our eye on something...

Celeste- This is one of those moments where I need to apologize profusely, on my trip to Oahu I did not call and I have been feeling quite sheepish about that. I hope you will forgive me and the next time I travel to the islands I will call! 

Aug 17, 2008 10:16 AM #4
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Katharine, Didn't you have a wonderful trip! I love all of the detail and your photo's are great. I would love to take the lava cruise. Wonder if I can convince my husband it's time to go back to Hawaii?

Aug 17, 2008 02:14 PM #5
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Elaine A. Cook
Connect Realty.com - Bellingham, WA
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Great blog...I love the photos...and NOW I REALLY WANT TO GO TO HAWAII!!!   So help me find a buyer for the Britton listing so I can afford to go!!! lol

It was great to see you Sunday!

Aug 18, 2008 05:26 AM #6
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Debbie- it was truly wonderful and I would highly recommend the Lava Adventure. I bet you convince him if you go to you tube and look for Lava ocean adventures videos!!

Aug 18, 2008 05:33 AM #7
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Brady Barnard
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS

Hawaii is an amazing place and all of the islands have their own unique appeal.  It is hard not to have an amazing time.  Sounds like you sure did. 

Aug 18, 2008 07:14 AM #8
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Katharine - Your photographs are great and it really looks like you had a fun time. I really like the lava pics and welcome back!

Aug 18, 2008 11:59 AM #9
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Brady- I just love the Hawaiian Islands. The only one left for me to visit is Kauai.

Robert- Thank you it was a really great adventure. Perhaps I should have posted in a larger size to really get the intensity.

 

Aug 18, 2008 12:20 PM #10
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Wonderful photos.  Thanks for sharing.

My husband and I owned property in Hawaii for many many years.   We donated it to get rid of it after being covered with lava time and time again.

The property was/in the Kalapana Gardens

Aug 20, 2008 12:37 AM #11
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

 Virginia- yes that area seems to be in  "Pele's Path" often. Do you go back at all?

Aug 20, 2008 02:36 AM #12
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Katharine, I've been there a couple of times.  Now that we don't own the property any longer I'm saddened.

I love traveling and will go back as soon as they have a plane that will get me there in 5 hours or less :-)

Aug 20, 2008 04:05 AM #14
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Katharine - We have decided to feature your post, I hope you don't mind.

You can go back to your post, hit edit and put larger attachments on your post without re-posting. Also you could delete the spaces between your sentences and I really believe you would get more comments.

Just a suggestion!

Your photos are wonderful, keep up the good work!

Robert

Aug 21, 2008 08:28 AM #15
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Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
Brookings, Oregon

Wonderful post Katharine! I enjoyed the photos and this posts urges me to go back to Hawaii just to see the volcano.

Aug 21, 2008 09:42 AM #16
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Robert- Thanks for the feature, check it out hopefully I made the right changes!

Aug 22, 2008 07:22 AM #17
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Katharine - You did a great job and your photos are wonderful!GREAT JOB

Aug 22, 2008 11:10 AM #18
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Mirela Monte
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Congratulations!  ...And wow!  wow!  wow! 

Simply spectacular!

Aug 23, 2008 11:55 AM #19
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Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Katherine, Looks like you had a wonderful time.  Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. 

Aug 26, 2008 05:14 AM #20
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Mirela, Thank you.. and it was wow !

Bob- Thanks for the comment,

Robert- Thank you for suggesting to tweek it a bit:)

Aug 29, 2008 06:07 AM #21
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Sharon Young
Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa - Southampton, PA

Katharine ... just beautiful. Your photos are well done and amazing. They make me want to go there! Good job and thanks for sharing.

Sep 03, 2008 03:48 PM #22
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
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What an amazing post!!  Beautiful, stunning pictures....it sure looks like paradise!

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