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Not the Normal Postcard Image of Hawaii
By Tom Adkinson

BIG ISLAND – Not every image of Hawaii looks like a scene from “Hawaii Five-0” or Waikiki Beach on Oahu.

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Kilauea Iki Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Image by Tom Adkinson.

These three hikers are crossing the Kilauea Iki Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, which formally is labeled Hawaii on the map. The four-mile trail takes you first through a lush rainforest and then to a 400-foot descent to the crater floor. The crater floor is solid, but there are steam vents, cinder cones and splatter cones to inspect. The National Park Service advises hikers to take water, sun protection and rain gear and notes, “Be prepared for hot, dry, wet (and) windy weather conditions.”

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Published July 2, 2017

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