Hawaii from above

The day after our trip to the end of the road, we took a shuttle from our hotel to a heliport, climbed into a helicopter, and flew over the part of north Hawaii Island where King Kamehameha was born in the mid-eighteenth century.  (Click on images to see them alone.)

aerial view down a steep-sided ravine toward the Pacific Ocean.
Of course, he wasn’t a king in those days.  He was just another islander, albeit a special one, growing up in a rugged, roadless region, a region that remains mysterious and inaccessible today. Continue reading