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Da Ginga and Glow

The other night I remembered a conversation I had with an uncle from Kona. A few years ago, this complete stranger told me the differences between the Kona side and Hilo side. He said, “I know when I stay Volcano because of the sweet, fresh smell of da ginga.”

While I was driving to Volcano from Hilo, at night after a rainstorm, at a certain mile marker I knew exactly what Uncle was talking about. With the windows rolled down the crisp, fresh, sweet smell of ginger hit me.  It seriously was like a wall of pleasantly smelling goodness.

Kahili Ginger

Continuing the trek up the hill to Volcano, I turned a corner and to my delight I saw the impressive glow of Halema’uma’u. And I was still miles away from the eruption site. It must have been from the clear sky and the plume of the volcano.

I couldn’t believe my senses! First the smell of wonderful ginger and then to see what looked like a “fire in the sky”; I was thankful for Uncle sharing his knowledge with me.

"The Glow" From Kilauea Overlook

A little thing like the smell of a flower can trigger such an amazing response and enlighten the spirits. The smell of flowers or the site of an active volcano we, Volcanonites sometimes take for granted. However, to visitors and residents on the other side of the island this is something quite unique and special.

Mahalo Uncle for enlightening me once again.

Comments (2)

Marcia says:
September 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

We just stayed at 5th Street Ohana a few days ago. We missed seeing eruption activities, but my favorite memory is smelling the sweet ginger and looking up at the thousands of stars in the sky.

    meghan says:
    September 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Aloha Marcia. 5th Street Ohana is a very special place indeed. It’s quite amazing to experience such an unique event as the sky glowing from an active volcano and star gazing into the Milky Way. We hope you enjoyed your stay at 5th Street Ohana and we welcome you back anytime!

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