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Have You Ever Been Up-close With A Gold Dust Day Gecko?

gold dust day gecko phelsuma laticauda
According to internet blogs, the Gold Dust Day Gecko originated from Madagascar, and was introduced to Hawaii in 1974 by a university student. Bright green in color, it gets its name from the gold specs across its back. We saw this one at the airport sunny itself on a rock among passengers.

Anaeho’omalu Beach Perfect Sunset

anaehoomalu beach sunset big island hawaii
Thinking this is my favorite photo from trip to Hawaii. It was our last night; we walked the lagoons behind the hotel and along Anaeho’omalu Beach watching the sun bring end to the day. As the saying goes… picture perfect!

442 Foot Tall & Powerful Akaka Falls, Big Island Hawaii

442 foot tall and powerful akaka falls big island hawaii
Akaka Falls, at 442 feet, is the tallest on the Big Island of Hawaii and very impressive – powerful even – when up close. We were told of the ʻoʻopu ʻalamoʻo, an endemic Hawaiian species of goby fish, that spawns in stream above the waterfall, but matures in the sea. Checking with Wikipedia, it says these fish have a suction disk on their bellies that allows them to cling to the wet rocks behind and adjacent to the waterfall. Using this disk, they climb back up to the stream when it is time to spawn. Now that’s impressive!

Lava Waterfall- Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano’s Kamokuna Ocean Entry

lava waterfall hawaiis kilauea volcanos kamokuna ocean entry
This is the Kamokuna ocean entry photographed from the helicopter at 7:45am during our recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. It is completely surreal to watch lava flow into the ocean! We flew up the lava flows and were able to watch active lava tubes along the way and then one of the craters itself.