Strolling with a skeptical biochemist
Grass skirt time...The first Winter q-bio meeting [on synthetic biology] at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort, Waikiki beach?
No, just vacation this time.
Which island? The red bits are on The Big Island, of course.A fond memory: Ten years ago when we went to Maui, the local supermarket nearby had two kinds of pineapples on sale: the cheap ones at 79 cents and the expensive ones at 89 cents. Not per pound. Per pineapple. We splurged and bought an 89 cent one.
"Not per pound. Per pineapple."The horror...the horror!
Was it worth the extra 10 cents?
I can't tell without having tried the other one too. The pineapple was delicious, so well worth the 89 cents. But whether the extra 10 cents was actually worth it will forever remain a mystery.
It depends whether you remember the varieties names or if we can find someone who remembers varieties at sale at the time.
Is finding this out worth the 10 cents?
If I were going I'd love to visit the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope near the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island where you're going [around 14,000 feet I think]Bring them some snow from home :)
I'm pretty sure you can't drive up (or walk) to the site on your own.
Judging from the picture, you are going to computer-generated fractal landscape.I envy you ;)
A really cool thing to do would be to first visit the big island and then Kaua'i to see what a difference 5 million years can make. Also, good birds there, especially if you can manage an invitation to Hakalau.
No John, all Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanism, cooled off, and were populated by humans, after Noah's Flood in the last 4,300 years. Also, all the species of birds, insects, etc. underwent super-fast speciation and evolu-- I mean uh, variation, in just 4,300 years, producing the diversity we see now.
Actually there doesn't seem to be a lot of diversity even after 4500 years since the flood! One of the things we noticed, for example, is that there are hardly any out-of-state license plates. In fact, we've seen only three (Alaska, Michigan, South Caroline) since we've been here! I guess that means there aren't many people who visit Hawaii and that really cuts down on the amount of diversity. :-)
The walk across the fresh lava fields to see lava entering the ocean is intense. Bring boots but mind it will erode the soles. Bring lots of water. The smell is amazing but mind breathing too much of it. It is of course dangerous. Still, if you get to see things like this, you'll feel young. http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/uploads/multimediaFile-469.jpghttp://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php
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