Ken's Voyages Around the Sun

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Pele's Hair comes from volcanos, as do Pele's Tears, and both a'a and pahoehoe lava.

We did not find any natural hair or tears, but got to see some of each in the visitors' center. Of the a'a lava, we have closer first-hand knowledge. Shelley managed to leave a hunk of her palm as well as some shreds of her feet in one lava bed, whilst I gave mine from wrist during snorkelling a series of huge tidepools.

Although Hawai'i sports extensive lava flows and most of the usual geologic features typical of a volcano-laden environment, they did not fascinate me as much as I expected (and therefore I did not take many photos of those things). I attribute this to my previous visit to Iceland, which pre-empted what would otherwise have been a new experience. Mind you, I'm *not* complaining, merely making an observation that caught me by surprise.

According to our guide book the green-sand beaches were too far off the beaten path for us, what with Shelley's condition, although we got white, red, and black for some variety.

Red rock, red rock! This atop a small cinder cone within the Mt. Haleakala crater.

Shelley in a lava tube. As lava flows along, its top and sides harden as they cool. If the lava has some place to go, and flows fast enough, it can leave the hardened bits behind as it empties out, thus forming such a tube.

The inner geologist in me found the many types of volcanic rocks most fascinating.

Pele's Hair, here seen in a museum case, forms from extremely fine volcanic mineral deposits.

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