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The most beautiful lava flow you will see is the 1969-1972 Mauna Ulu flow, which covered 17 sq. miles and traveled 7 miles to the coast. The colors are created from the various minerals (mainly iron) oxidizing as moisture came into contact with the surface flow. The colors and textures are like terracotta pottery, perfectly and uniquely glazed. Some areas of this flow are over 25 ft. thick. Amazing!

A steel dial sits atop Pu‘u Ula‘ula (Red Hill) at over 10,000 feet in this Mars-like landscape on Mauna Loa. The dial points in the major directions of other pu‘u (hills) and volcanoes from this point on the Island of Hawai‘i: Mauna Loa, Haleakala (Maui), Mauna Kea, Pu‘u O‘o, Hilo, Pu‘u Kulani, Kīlauea, and Kamakala.

Ribbon-like, hardened lava (called pahoehoe) remains from past lava flows at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Pahoehoe is different from its cousin lava, a‘a by having a lower volume flow rate, lower viscosity, and running slightly hotter in temperature creating many beautifu…

Ten Years Strong

Running can sometimes seem like a chore or a second job. Get up before daybreak each morning and go through the routine: get on gear, wash face, throw hair in hat, eat something light, coffeecoffeecoffe, then hit the road by sun up. To the athlete, though, it's anything but misery. Of course, there may be some tough parts, but those are the parts that we love the most--the challenge, give it to us raw. Activity refreshes our bodies and our minds. To me, it feels more like the calm of the ocean once you find that rhythm. Peaceful waves washing over your being and forgetting what you're even doing out there. Your mind and body in sync, but without thought and you're just catching that wave in some moment of bliss that you can't even remember how you got there. That's what it's like to do what you love.

My racing season is done, complete back in November. It was a good run this year, focusing most of my energy on trail racing and finding a new love for di…


Nothing in life is guaranteed. Therefore, love deeply and strongly. Live with great passion and empathy. Take care of others. Value kindness and friendship above anything else.

For Will. May your soul of music be forever heard by the universe. You will be missed.

He sought the laughter of the stars and left
To us a legacy of loveliness and taught us
That the heart of life is in the interplay
Of mind and friendship shared. The world was his
And limitless. In seeking
He gave more than anything he found.
Beneath a springtime sky, where cactus shyly shows
In flower, and grass defies the sun to bind
The desert in its green embrace,
We leave him, to the everlasting grace
Of wild and untamed things and free
That, for his presence timeless,
There will always be
A touch of joy within this tender place

George C. Whitney

Hiking Halape, Hawaii

This is a back country hike that requires you to obtain a permit from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Back Country Office. For information on how to obtain a permit, and other pertinent information on choosing the best hiking trail to Halape that meets your physical ability, please visit the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website for more details.

Top: Shea and Ester, beginning our journey through the lava field on the Keauhou Trail.
Bottom: Ester, Shea, and Yomar hiking through non-native grasses.

Hike In
Keauhou Trail via Chain of Craters Road to Halape
Distance: 8.4 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Rating: difficult

Hike Out
Keauhou Trail via Puna Coast Trail to Chain of Craters Road
Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 5 hours
Rating: moderate and difficult

Our journey began at the grocery store, because some of us are less prepared than others. I was actually quite happy that we stopped. This was my first time visiting a KTA grocery store and it felt so much like I was back in Japan. Taro ro…

Plan Your Escape

My entire immediate life fits in this ridiculous car (I assure you, this Fiat is a rental). As small as it is, it's just about the right size for packing your life into two large suitcases. This isn't the first time I've downsized my possessions in pursuit of happiness, nor will it be the last. Whether it be in pursuit of love, education, or career, I've learned that the most important possessions I have are the ones I do not keep.

Here on the Big Island of Hawaii, everyone is so nice. I mean, anyone is nice when compared to the people in Miami, FL. I've had quite a bit of luck, too. Taking a position with the National Park Service and having the privilege of working with some really amazing and passionate scientists from the island and abroad. Hawaii is such a unique little place slung out quite far into the Pacific Ocean. In fact, I didn't realize just how far away it was until I began considering the move. From Miami, Hawaii is 4,275 miles away. F…

Edible Miami and Hare Krishna

I did not know much about Hare Krishna until just recently, when Edible Miami was invited to join a small group of devotes at a Hare Krishna temple called Yoga Inbound in Miami. What a treat. We were there to help construct a community garden for the center, where future ecology classes could take place, and care could be administered by their traveling guests. Our experience with our new friends was very welcoming and warm, as we were guided through their purposeful and tropical courtyard, which was filled with an array of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, a live oak tree we estimated as over 80 years old, and sacred plants, like the tulsi (sacred basil).

The master guru there told us that he wanted to "walk the walk" and "complete the circle." Hare Krishnas eat a respectful vegetarian diet and devote a great amount of appreciation towards the respect of animals and the life behind the food that provides them nourishment. Walking the walk means that having a garde…