Gecko


This guy might as well have a Cockney accent and sell insurance.

Geckos are everywhere on the Big Island. Usually they’re too skittish as photographic subjects, but this one let me creep ever closer until it too finally sped away.

One Step Ahead of the Law on Coconut Island


Despite the prominently displayed prohibitory sign at the end of Coconut Island, attached to Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens by a foot bridge, the young-at-heart ignore it and jump into the water from the tower anyway. Seriously, no one is going to prevent people from doing what they’ve been doing for a long time.

Orchid Rain


On the occasion of her birthday, Hilo hosts the annual Lili’uokalani Celebration at the Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens. Aside from the hula dances and free concert performances, everyone looks forward to the orchid rain, the release of 15,000 flowers from a hovering helicopter.

Orchid flowers on hardened lava rock

Orchid flowers on hardened lava rock, Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens