Breathtaking Kaniku Lava Flow Sunset, Hawaii Big Island

Dawn and dusk are often a special time in Hawaii. I don’t know if it’s the island chain’s location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but its amazing how often the rising or setting of the Sun can really take your breath away.

Haleakala summit on Maui at sunrise

Haleakala summit at sunset

One evening we were crossing the Kaniku Lava Flow on our way back to our apartment in Waikoloa on the Big Island, when Rich unexpectedly pulled the car over to the side of the road. At first we thought there was something wrong. But as Rich grabbed his camera and got out of the vehicle, we realised he’d seen something that the rest of us had missed.

To the east a storm was brewing over the volcano Mauna Kea. What Rich had spotted was the iridescent glow of a resulting rainbow. As we watched, a second rainbow appeared.

Turning to the west, we were greeted by one of the most colourful and richest sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. The contrast of the black lava and the fiery orange sky was truly awe-inspiring.

The scene reminded me so much of the Serengeti Plains, where I come from.

The oranges and violets were amazing, it was almost like another rainbow

Tell me this doesn’t look like something out of a Mad Max movie

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Words beginning with ‘I’ (in this case ‘Iridescent’) from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Glow from Jen H. of The Daily Post and Storm from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?



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6 Responses to Breathtaking Kaniku Lava Flow Sunset, Hawaii Big Island

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Absolutely spectacular photos Jaspa. 😀

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  4. Shibin Dinesh says:

    Lovely photographs! Loved your watermark as well!

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