Our Sunken Garden
Much work by a variety of folks turned this collapsed lava tube into a sunken garden. We figure we're about 1/3 of the way to making it what we want. One of the many lovely features of this garden is a small year-around stream that starts at one end, and flows into a small cave at the other end.
Views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Puu oo
This special property not only has views of Hilo Bay, but also has lovely views of both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. These pictures were taken in the winter on a bright warm day immediately after a significant snow storm on the top of both mountains. We are grateful that the snow doesn't get any closer than this!
The Puu Oo vent usually sends its vog toward Kona, but on some days it sends it right to Hilo. This picture was taken on an intermediate day when the vog partially obscured the view of the vent. When the vent is particularly active you can see its red glow from the property at night.
The Waiau after a Rainstorm
The farm is bordered by the Waiau for a few hundred yards. Here the river is high after a rainstorm. The picture to the right shows the same waterfall on a dry day.
Our farm has a one-mile border with the Pukihai river. This view shows a dam across the Pukihai that was built by the sugar cane folks. We imagine that we might use hydropower one of these days.
Here are some of the folks that are involved with the farm. Beautiful people for a beautiful place!
History in Clay
Except for the gulches, the farm is covered with about 15 ft of clay. That clay would tell us the history of the land if we were smart enough to be able to read it.
This picture shows a cut we made in the clay, showing about 6 ft of the history. All this is likely ash from Mauna Kea, Notice that it gets courser from top to bottom. The sides of the stream at the bottom of the sunken garden tell a similar story.