This is from Roll #11 of My World Collides, double exposure photo art.
Waipio Valley is found along the Hamakua Coast line on the Northeastern side of the Big Island, Hawaii. It is close to the town of Honaka’a.
It is a crazy, steep drive down the mountain side road and there are numerous burnt out, crushed cars that paid the ultimate price for ascending into the beautiful, tropical, hidden valley.
There is a river that runs to the sea, where we sat and ate our lunch. The kids played in the water, as it was flowing gently, and was pretty shallow.
As you look back down the river, it disappears into the distance between big, shear mountains, like something out of Jurassic park. It made me want to get in a helicopter and explore the valleys.
The ocean is wild and conditions are unpredictable. There’s tales of people going missing on the Big Island, including from Waipio Valley.
There’s definitely a very mysterious energy here. It is grand and untamed, exotic and magical.
Pele is the Hawaiian deity. The goddess of the volcanoes. She is the wild spirit that commands the oceans, the weather and the lands and uses her power as she pleases, often to the peril of men.
My husband and his friend had a close encounter with a 14ft tiger shark while body boarding circa 1998. They saw it in the wave near by and hastily swam for their lives, catching waves in, until they finally ran onto the shore, kissing the sand in gratitude. After seeing them running out of the ocean, and hearing that they’d seen a big shark, the locals eagerly grabbed their surf boards in excitement and paddled all the way out to see it! Crazy!
Remember the end scene of Water World? That was filmed here, and they actually dumped a load of white sand onto the beach, instead of using the natural, volcanic black sand that graces the shore line.
Here’s a few more snaps from that day.