Black sand beach

Black sand beach · Sat, 31 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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There are quite a few black sand beaches in Hawaii, but this was by far the most beautiful, it was also empty from the crowds.

Surf

Surf · Fri, 30 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Hawaii’s big surf season is winter, but surfers ain’t gonna wait that long, are they?

Snorkeling in Molokini

Snorkeling in Molokini · Wed, 28 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Snorkel at Molokini was superb! The water was so clear one could see 25 feet down. Fishes were patiently waiting for us and posed to our photos with big smiles (not the fish in the photo).

Turtle Town

Turtle Town · Tue, 27 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Guarded by ancient lava fingers, Turtle Town in Maui was supposed to be, well, a town full of turtles. I only managed to see three of them, but this one was gigantic.

Mauna Kea Observatories

Mauna Kea Observatories · Mon, 26 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Sunset at Mauna Kea summit with the Gemini and UH 2.2 meter telescopes in the foreground. At more than 13,796 feet (4,200 m) it was freezing, but worth it. If you have the opportunity (and a 4×4) to see the sunset at Mauna Kea, don’t miss it.
Mauna Kea holds 13 telescopes including the largest in the world.

Telescope and Moon

Telescope and Moon · Sun, 25 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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One of several telescopes on top of Mauna Kea shield volcano (Hawaii, Hawaii).

Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano · Thu, 22 Jul 2010 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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From one of Hawaii’s active volcanos.