Mauna Loa Lava Road, Hawaii

Mauna Loa, Ala Loa

Aside Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii’s Big Isand, a single, black-on-black road disappears over a hill miles away in a study of perspective and horizon lines. The barren terrain clearly and quickly relates the history of the area as a recently active volcanic field.

Undeterred by the a’a and pahoehoe lava, builders laid a winding road into the otherwise uniform palette, providing access to Mauna Loa Observatory. In Hawaiian “ala loa” translates as, “long road,” which we felt was appropriate here.

From the Photographer:

Looking down the Mauna Loa Observatory Road. This section of the long road to the Mauna Loa Observatory is closest to the observatory and the safest portion.

Photo Date: 2001 June 28, Photographer: Forrest M. Mims III

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