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Nature’s Subway System: The Lava Tubes of Hawaii’s Big Island

October 9, 2014

Pu'u O'o volcanoLike the subways of New York City that burrow their way through a maze of underground tunnels, Hawaii’s lava tubes stretch for miles just below the earth’s surface. They are formed when basalt lava creates a crust on the visible landscape while the hot liquid continues to flow just underneath. This underground plumbing system insulate the lava and allows it to flow for miles without ever cooling.

Art Therapy

September 10, 2014

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. At first it didn’t make sense. There, peaking through the towering sculptures of Muraleando, Cuba, were the broken remains of typewriters, telephones, tire rims and even furniture. In a place where grit, spit and Duck tape can keep a ’56 Chevy Bel Air running, it was just further evidence that in Castro’s Cuba, nothing is ever disposable.

The Tastes of Paradise

September 3, 2014

For centuries the cacao tree from which chocolate is born could only be found within 20 degrees latitude of the equator. Its need for a precise temperature and moisture retention made it unlikely you’d find it anywhere other than the dense tropical Amazon forests. Once a secret treasure of the Mayans and the Aztecs, the crop is now being cultivated on the Big Island of Hawaii and the island of Oahu.