Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains some of the most active and best understood volcanoes on the planet, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. It also features a diverse range of climates from Tropical to subalpine tundra.
My trip to the region began first with completion of Palms & Pines for the Pacific Series. At the end of February a group of Hare Krishna devotees and myself traveled to the peak of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world (measured from it's base at the sea floor, it is over 33,000 ft tall). At sunrise on the peak of Mauna Kea, 14,00ft above the surrounding sea, surrounded by telescopes and observatories, work began on the American Heritage Series. The first notes from my doumbek sounded out over the mountain, echoing off the cindercones and captured on video.
Then next stop on the Big Island was Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park proper. After a journey by bus from Hilo to the park I spent the night in Nāmakanipaio Campground and enjoyed spectacular evening views of the active Kiluaea. It is truly magnificent to witness one of the most ancient and essential processes on the planet, creating new land. A hike through the tropical forest surrounding the caldera and a tour of the lava tubes finished my trip to the park.
Musical inspiration found it's way to the harmonica, a handy and incredibly portable instrument.