Kiholo Bay

  • Kiholo Bay at Night

    Kiave tree in a moonlit night along the Kiholo Bay coastline

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    We were camping next to this awesome Kiave Tree on the beach of Kiholo Bay. During the day there wasn’t a lot to photograph because the clear skies didn’t give much interest to the sky and the bold shadows weren’t very attractive. At night the skies were full of stars and the full moon and camp fire provided a lot of interest. It took a while to come up with a composition that I liked. Since the viewfinder was dark, I had to take an exposure and wait for it to load before I could review it, then adjust to what worked. It ended up being a fun creative exercise.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Kiholo Bay Sunrise

    The long trek in the dark was totally worth the soothing morning I had at Kiholo Bay this morning. I finally got myself to get up early enough to do this photo trip. Walking through a Kiave forest in pitch black darkness wasn’t the scariest part of the trip, nor was walking on the dangerous terrain of lava rock. It was the 4 goats I happened upon. I had my head down to watch where I was stepping when I briefly looked up. In the darkness I saw what appeared at first to be people looking down from above me. A second later I realized it was a family of goats, but for that initial second, my heart jumped.
    The sun was beginning to glow over Mauna Kea when I finally found my spot at the end of Kiholo Bay looking back toward Hualalai. It was then I felt a much needed calming quietness come over me. Such a beautiful and amazing place to be.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Kiholo Bay Sunset

    Kiholo Bay Sunset

    Photograph of the beautiful turquoise water of Kiholo Bay at sunset with the silhouetted palm trees in the background.

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  • Three Honu

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    Walking around the beautiful turquoise water of Kiholo bay is an amazing experience. Fingers of pillowing lava jut out into the bay creating exciting alcoves with amazing vistas. Resting honu, schools of fish, and A’ama crabs. I just happened upon these three honu as I wrapped around a corner of lava rock. Just amazing.

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  • Popular Photography Photo of the Day (2/15/2013)

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    My photo of the three turtles swimming in Kiholo Bay just made the Photo of the Day award for 2/15/2013.

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  • Old Turtle in Kiholo Bay

    Kiholo Bay was extremely windy the day I decided to go and enjoy this prized location on Hawaii, however, it was beautiful and offered it’s own unique counteraction to the weather. The wind rippling the surface of the vibrant turquoise water created a nice design by the distortion. I had to be careful though not to be taken off guard by the sudden gust of wind. Nearly pushing me off the rocks at times. I had to find a place to snorkel fast before one was chosen for me. A dark silhouette of a large turtle was the deciding factor for me and I readied myself to enter the water. As I went to enter the water the turtle was gone from sight. I proceeded with the hope that luck was on my side.

    The water was nothing I have ever seen before. The sandy bottom was stirred up and laid milky, preventing me from seeing anything past two feet. It was a rather eerie feeling. Especially when the turtle I was searching for began to rise up out of the fog below me nearly gave me a heart attack.

    I had never seen a turtle this big in Hawaii. It was almost as big as I am. I snapped this picture then decided to just observe and that was when I noticed two anomalies. The extremely large tail, which I wonder if this can determine their age.  The other was a shiny object under its front flipper. I couldn’t tell what this was until I was out of the water reviewing the pictures that I saw the fish hook tangled around the flipper. If only I was brave and knowledgeable enough to free it of this man made entanglement. This is just one small example of the effects that our trash has on other species.

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  • Kiholo Bay

    This was a long-awaited trip I have been wanting to take to Kiholo Bay. The beautiful finger of turquoise water can be seen from HWY 19 and was so inviting. What’s down there? Well this last weekend was my chance to look.

    The access road has been blocked to visitors, so we had to park alongside the road and make the long trek down. To me that is not such a bad thing. For one, it keeps the crowds down. Two, I heard this area had become a tent city for the Micronesians, who were abusing the natural wonders leaving trash everywhere and sudsing up the queens bath. Not a nice thing to see for tourists and locals who want to enjoy the treasures of the islands. Nevertheless, clean up has begun. We began out trip down a cool path through the Kiawe trees and lava rock, deviated through some private property down by the shoreline, and b-lined it straight to the base of the fish pond. As soon as I dropped off my things at a sandy spot on the south edge of the pond I left to explore.

    The other name for this pond is Turtle Bay, and I soon realized why. Some turtles gracefully swam and fed while others sun bathed, speckling the peninsula with their salty white shells. I navigated around every finger of the old Mauna Loa lava flow, which nearly took out all of this fish pond, excited to see the large grouping of fish along the edge of the water and the random turtle sighting. I made it to the far end of the pond and paused to take this picture looking back toward the mountains. What a cool magical place.

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  • Jump!

    At Kiholo Bay, my daughter decided to jump off a large rock into the water. I took this opportunity to capture her silhouetted against the sun.