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Cape Kumukahi | by Michael Layefsky
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Cape Kumukahi

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This view toward the ocean is in the opposite direction of my previously posted photo.

 

Cape Kumukahi is the easternmost point of the Hawaii archipelago. In January 1960, lava from the Kilauea Volcano destroyed the town of Kapoho, a short distance from here, and continued to flow eastward to this location on the coast. More than fifty years later, only a bit of vegetation has sprouted in this vast lava covered area.

 

The air is extremely clean here, as the north-east trade winds bring fresh marine air to this location. For this reason, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has an air monitoring station here at the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse.

 

This photo was processed on a laptop, so determining the proper exposure is a bit tricky. If the exposure doesn't look acceptable, please let me know.

 

Taken by a camera lofted by a kite.

 

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Taken on June 24, 2011