A VIEW OF VOLCANIC EMISSIONS FROM HILO
The emissions from Kilauea were visible from Hilo today. The online CAM of the volcano is a great way to see how active the volcano is becoming above Hilo town.
BACK FROM A TRIP TO WAIKIKI IN OAHU
We spent a week in Waikiki as a part of accompanying our son to college. The day we arrived on Oahu, the vog was very thick. We were surprised at how much the folks on Oahu are sharing our Big Island Vog experience. One man we spoke with had to leave Hana in Maui due to the intense vog there and was trying to determine if Oahu was going to be ok with his asthma.
The hotel deals were great and there were lots of tourists (mostly Japanese) in the central part of Waikiki.
It was fun to visit, but we are glad to be back in Hilo with less traffic and noise, and no people rushing around in a hurry. Read more about our view of Waikiki here.
GROWING VOG ON THE BIG ISLAND
The volcanic emissions from Kilauea's Halema'uma'u crater are growing.
Comparing a snapshot from the Volcano CAM from Jan 2009 (on the left) with this month, Jan 2010 (on the right), the increase in emissions and size of Halema'uma'u are noticeable.
Though we are learning to love vog, we are noticing the daily toll it has on our life. The sky is whitish and the air is heavy and our throats are always irritated.
It is dryer in Hilo (Rainbow Falls has less water) and the sky is washed out with vog. Visitors coming to see the abundant waterfalls on the East side of the island are very disappointed with the trickles they are finding. With the strange El Nino weather, California is getting all of Hilo's rain.
NEW YEARS EVE FULL MOON IN HILO
Hilo had a full moon on New Year's Eve - a blue moon. Here is the very red blue-moon rising in the evening of the last day of 2009.
After rising higher in the sky, the moon turned white.
Earlier in the day the Big Island Internet Society (BIIS) met at home of @LarryCzerwonka in Hilo. The BIIS is a fun way to connect with people in the Hilo area interested in the internet, twitter, blogging and technology.
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