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In Hawaiian, “puka” means simply “hole.”  It is most commonly used in association with the small shells strung together into a necklace.  These have a naturally occurring hole, making them nature’s beads.  The term is also used to refer to holes in the lava rock, much like Pali Puka on Oahu or the heart-shaped puka next to Nakalele Blowhole on Maui.

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We were after particularly photogenic pukas just south of Kona Airport.  These are like Oregon’s Thor’s Well – a vertical hole in the rocks that punches a hole straight through to the ocean water.  Thus, as each wave crashes in, water floods the hole.  If the hole is small, the water might even blast skyward like a blowhole.

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We found a puka large enough for daredevils to jump into when we went to South Point (though we didn’t see anyone brave – or stupid – enough to take that leap).  Our pukas weren’t big enough to play Portal, but they were larger than the violent spouts.  They were the perfect Goldilocks size to give us beautiful mini waterfalls to play with.

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Our friends took the opportunity of a beautiful sunset to capture some portraits, and I experimented a bit with HDR.  The lighting was almost perfect, and the foreground was spectacular.  In the end, we went home with some stunning shots – true Hawaiian beauty.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016


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