NOTA BENE

Notes, comment and buzz from Eugene Kaspersky – Official Blog

April 18, 2014

Hawaii Hi-Five-0.

Aloha folks!

I’m currently cooling off after a visit to the Big Island of the Hawaiian archipelago. What an amazing place – tipping the emotions over the edge with its mixture of perfect weather, pristine oceans, vibrant volcanism, opulent jungles and overall breathtaking beauty. Aloha Hawaii, and mahalo Hawaii :).

That things aren’t as 100% American as apple pie you kinda get the idea of when on the flight approaching the USA’s 50th state (it was the last state to join the Union, in 1959). Instead of the usual ‘thank you’ at the end of tannoyed messages, the stewardesses say ‘aloha and mahalo!’ as if heralding the fact that it isn’t quite, fully, the United States you’re approaching… It’s just different – so get ready!

Hawaii

For it’s true that Hawaii is really quite distinct from the other 49 United States. Here everything is a lot more relaxed and slower paced, friendlier, and the smiles seem more sincere… But of course – what did you expect from tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific!

There are a great many places of interest that need to be checked out here. Like, totally mandatory must-sees. The islands are also packed with quirky features you’d never expect… One such feature, as A.Sh. informed me, is that the islands possess four of the five major climatic zones of the world, and 10 out of the 13 subzones! Yep, from tropical forest to subarctic tundra. Extreme.

During our trip we got to see some of that tundra, but more about that a little later…

Digging through all the photos we took during our week or so in Hawaii, I realized that we saw so much intriguing + beautiful + interesting stuff that it wouldn’t and shouldn’t all fit into one post. So I’ll split it all up into parts, what you’re reading now being the first one.

Along the way in the upcoming mini-series expect to learn the answers to the following questions:

1. What’s the biggest volcano on earth?

2. How long does it take to row from Tahiti to Hawaii in a Polynesian canoe? And how do you find your way if your GPS conks?

3. How long does it take to teach fish how to scale vertical cliffs?

4. How quickly can you get from a tropical beach with palms to a location with a climate of eternal snow and ice?

5. And finally, what really happened to Captain James Cook?

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

DSC00626

DSC00826

DSC00751

DSC00745

DSC00730

DSC00729

DSC00720

DSC00692

DSC00653

DSC00641

DSC00635

DSC00629

Aloha and mahalo folks!

comments Leave a note
Leave a note
July 3, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 6.

G’day possums! Herewith, the penultimate post in what has turned out to be a bit of a marathon travelogue series from down-under… After lunch after our morning adventures on our last full day here, it was finally time for some retail therapy! But not in the traditional sense of mall-traipsing + inevitable food-court submission, naturally; […]

July 2, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 5.

Time to move from all things on-land to all things just off it – to the more attractive sections of coastline, for we were told the best natural charms of Kimberley lie on or near its shoreline. From Broome (the region’s ‘capital’ if you missed it earlier, also our base) the nearest bit of awesome […]

July 1, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 4.

G’day possums! Back. In the outback… The next point of call on our tour or northwestern Australia was the Tunnel Creek National Park, around half an hour’s drive from Windjana Gorge. Tunnel Creek itself runs through a natural cave cut into the limestone that was once the Devonian reef here under the ocean. Tourists come […]

June 29, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 3.

Hi all! After our first, somewhat tame forays into the wonderful wizard corner of Oz called Kimberely, it was high time we headed to the hellishly hot central part of the region – into the savanna and nearer to the Great Sandy Desert. For there’s plenty to see there too… Now, if you were to travel […]

June 25, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 2.

G’day folks! I’m back – with tales from the outback… In today’s installment, a bit of narrative, but mostly just lots of pics – both from up in the air and on the ground. The landscapes here are stupefying. Endless horizons and beaches, islands, savannah, rock formations, cliffs. There’s so much to take in… so […]

June 23, 2015

In Kimberley, Oz, I was. Part 1.

By way of a preface: Without looking on the Internet, who can tell me which is bigger: the Moon or Australia? This is the first in a mini-series of posts on Kimberley, Australia! I’d heard a lot about this place. That it’s impressively beautiful, with scenic landscapes and fantastic views. But that it’s also huge, hard to […]

More