In search of lava on the Big Island
Waikiki … Hale Pohaku … Stars and lava … Halema’uma’u … Milky Way over the caldera … Long Mountain … Mauna Kea climb … Tallest mountain in the world … Ka Lae … Kealakekua Bay … Flight over the volcano … Kilauea Iki … Pu’u O’o … Eating the forest … Pahoa … The Hell Itch … Thunderstorms over Nicaragua
I had wanted to go to Hawaii for years and years. It's a common place for astronomers to go to, as it's got one of the world's best locations for observatories on top of Mauna Kea, but I'd never had a chance to go there. This year the opportunity finally came, when the IAU General Assembly was held there. Thousands of astronomers converged on Honolulu and spent a week sharing their research. I didn't see much of the city - my time was taken up by preparing my own talks, giving my talks, and listening to other people's talks. But I stayed in a hostel right by the beach so I went there a few times.