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6. Black Magic: Punaluu Beach
The volcanoes may be the Big Island’s
most must-see attractions, but come
on — you’re surrounded by the
Pacific Ocean, there’s sand and palm
trees and plenty of sunshine. This is
a beach vacation all the way, and the
shores of
Hapuna
,
Disappearing
Sands
, and
Kahaluu
all should be on
your to-do list. Each location is awe-
some for a refreshing swim or lazing
in a lounge chair, and you might even
spot a green sea turtle at Kahaluu.
For a sense of pure wonderment,
though — like cartoon-style wonder-
ment — step foot on
Punaluu Black
Sand Beach.
The name says it all, but
doesn’t do the striking scene justice.
The flat black sand, courtesy of close-
by volcanic activity, set against the
shimmering green palms seems to
capture the essence of Hawaii.
7. Flower Power: World Botanical
Gardens & Waterfalls
Susan Orlean’s best-selling book
The
Orchid Thief
is subtitled
A True Story
of Beauty and Obsession.
Although its
action occurs in Florida, Hawaii-
bound horticulturists — amateur or
otherwise—who are similarly intrigued
with the beauty of this exotic flower
should pay a visit to
World Botanical
Gardens
’ 262-foot-long kaleidoscopic
OrchidWall
. If you’re in the market for
a blooming memento, head over to
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
(located on
Volcano Road).They’ll simply ship one
home for you — no sneaking around
a rain forest or swamp necessary.
8. Green Giant: Hilo Farmers Market
More than 200 farmers, artisans, and
enterprising go-getters gather and sell
their wares at the
Hilo Farmers Market
.
Stop byWednesday and Saturday, from
6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to sample local
goat cheese or nosh on fresh-rolled
sushi; try all kinds of fruits with inter-
esting names (dragon, passion, and
jack); buy wooden bowls and flower
The
Big
OK, nobody’s
really
going to haul a large-format camera all the
way to Hawaii (and if you plan to, you almost certainly don’t need
any tips about how to use it), but everybody will pack some
photography equipment, and whether that’s a high-end 35 mm or a
pocket-sized point-and-shoot, there are a few things you should
do to get the most out of your big Big Island pictures.
According to Cat Mayer, a Colorado-based photographer who
hones her landscape skills in the Rocky Mountains, the first thing
to consider is time of day. “Try to take your photos either early in
the morning or early evening,” she says. “Landscape color comes
out, and light is softer and hitting your subjects at a more flattering
angle than at high noon when the sun is pretty harsh.”
Next is composition. “Be sure the horizon line is straight,”
Mayer says. “I know it seems obvious, but I see slanted horizons
all the time when my friends show off vacation pictures. Also, put
the horizon at either the top third or bottom third of the frame,
rather than right in the middle. This is more visually pleasing.
“Finally, even though your goal is to capture the entire
landscape, always try to have something in the composition that
provides a frame or focal point for the photograph. This can be as
simple as the horizon, a waterfall or interesting tree, a line of
mountains, a road, or a foreground filled with flowers.”
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