Early Photography of the Big Island
Welcome to our collection of early photography of the Big Island. Indeed, the island is big, on a scale that disorients. It is home to both the tallest mountain (Mauna Kea, as measured from its base on the ocean floor) and the biggest mountain on earth, Mauna Loa. Kilauea volcano has, for the past 30-some years, staged the longest-running eruption anywhere. But the superlatives of its charms dwarf those of its geology.
E nihi ka helena i ka uka o Puna; mai pūlale i ka ʻike a ka maka. – Go quietly in the upland of Puna; do not let anything you see excite you. (Watch your step and do not let the things you see lead you into trouble. There is an abundance of flowers and berries in the uplands of Puna and it is thought that picking any on the trip up to the volcano will result in being caught in heavy rains; the picking is left until the return trip. Also said to loved ones to imply, “Go carefully and be mindful.”)
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