IYA 2009 – Landing in Hilo

Posted in IYA2009 at 20:51 by Kathleen

I came back to Hilo today. It has been a long time since I flew back in during daytime. I was treated to a beautiful sight.

As we approached and flew along the eastern shore of the Big Island, snow-capped Mauna Kea stood tall above the clouds. It sure was true to its name, White Mountain. It even managed to hide the observatory domes in the patterns created by the snow and the rocks. I had never realized it was possible, and I knew where to look.

Whether I am flying away or coming back, if I am sitting on the Mauna Kea side of the plane, I have my eyes fixed on the mountain, I cannot help it. It is truly beautiful, and somehow, it reminds me why I was willing to exile myself to come work here.

Tips for Mauna Kea viewing: If you are flying to Hilo from Honolulu, try to ride on the right side of the plane. If you are flying to Kona from Honolulu, ride on the left side. If you are flying to Kona directly from the mainland, ride on the left side. Opposite sides apply for the trip back.

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