Beach Walk 196 – Letting Off Steam

Hiking in Hawaiʻi Volcanos National Park.

About Today’s Show:

One thing that’s easy to forget is that even in the midst of really popular places (like much of Hawaii) there are seemingly always places of privacy. Case in point: the Thurston Lava Tube has tour buses pulling up to it nonstop. However, at the end of the main tube, there is a gate, that allows access deep into the “unimproved” section of the tube. That means no lights, uneven surface, low ceilings in some places…the natural state. Flashlights are required and it is a little scary. And very empty.

Of course on the other hand, you can also be out on the 40 square miles of lava field, and have people inexplicably walk up and literally sit within 10 feet! I found that somewhat irritating; perhaps understanding some of Pele’s frustrations. Sometimes I can speak my mind and heart into the camera with ease; other times I feel very self-conscious when I am sharing the space with others.

I think on some level this crowd effect is evidence we are all connected on the soul level and are seeking that connection unconsciously. Otherwise, how do you explain the half empty movie theatre, and then someone sits right in front of you, or how is it that people can pack themselves into cities at extraordinary density when there are vast areas that remain uninhabited?

I will say I was impressed with all the people trekking out past the many danger signs into the sunset across rough terrain, just for a glimpse of red glow in the distance – a chance to see life in the making that is not X-rated. 🙂

I am looking for some guest Beach Walks episodes. (We’ve got one already!) If you would like to submit one, here are the guidelines:
* 3-5 minutes in length
* On a beach or not
* With a dog or not
* Spreading aloha – or positive energy
* Podsafe music (if you want to use music)
* No copyrighted material unless you have written permission

Hawaiian words
Māhu: steam
Lua pele: volcano
Pele: volcano goddess

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  1. Hi Rox, thanks again for your kind comments on my blog. I enjoyed your show today – I was at the volcano a few years ago and it brought back some great memories.
    I’m interested in trying vlogging and wonder if you could recommend a site that might give some advice on getting started to an eager but technically challenged novice. I don’t have a camera yet either – any recommendations to a beginner?
    enjoy your working holiday!

  2. Check out Freevlog from the video blogroll on the home page Kate. They’ve got lots of help there. If you are on a Mac, then start with iMovie and export to “iPod” – pretty darn easy once you’ve got your video imported. I started with a digital “still” camera that takes 20 second videos, so camera is really depending on your budget.

    The VoxMedia Wiki has a lot of listings for gear and support. And by all means LMK when you’ve posted your first vlog!

  3. I SO want to go there when I am in Hawai’i!
    Thanks for giving me a first taste!


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