Hawaii Land & Seascapes - Lightwave Images
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This is Pu'u Ohau (also known as Red Hill) as seen and shot from a boat just offshore. It is a volcanic cinder cone on the west coast of Hawaii between Keauhou and Kealakekua Bay. A sacred spot to Hawaiians, it is believed to embody both the spirit and actual face of the Hawaiian god Ku. A collapsed lava tube provides the sinister eyes, while the transitions between the red cinder and black lava gives the face its jaw line and brow. Fires were lit at night within the eyes to frighten off invaders. King Kamehameha's grandmother is rumored to be buried deep within the lava tube.

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