At an Independence Day celebration in Volcano village, Lily Blanche Kameny takes a leap to cool down. Hawaii's climate makes it a popular vacation spot, with mild temperatures year-round. Since it is relatively close to the Equator, its days vary from never less than 11 to 13.5 hours long and constant sea breezes move any clouds on rapidly.
Hawaii – Been There

An average Sunday morning in Volcano, Hawaii

Photo by Bill Harby

Hawaii – Been There An average Sunday morning in Volcano, Hawaii

On a Sunday morning in Volcano village, right near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, I go directly to the village farmers’ market.

Bill Harby
Bill Harby Writer

Here, we villagers and visitors find breakfast, lunch and dinner to go – homemade pastries, waffles, fresh breads, curries, chili, and lots of Big Island products: fruit, veggies, goat cheese, beef, fresh fish – nearly everything for an afternoon expedition (wine, beer and juices are at one of the two general stores just up the street). Aside from gorging myself on all these edible goodies, I love these expeditions to the Sunday market to interact with the local two-legged fauna of Volcano village as they engage in socialization rituals.

Tim Tunison is usually here, with his long white hair and that soft smile that so well conceals his sardonic nature. “I love Volcano,” he says. “I’m here for the duration.” Why? For one thing, he likes wet. “I get really nervous when things get dry,” says Tunison, who once lived in California’s Sonora Desert. Tunison, the retired natural resources manager at the national park, is an expert on the area’s indigenous plants. He’s the poster child for the rational earth scientist contingent of the Volcano population, though I’m pretty sure he talks privately to his forest spirits too.

He’s also one of the determined community commandos who are battling the alien invasive coquí frog. They call themselves the “Coquistadores” for good reason.

Take me to Volcano (and the park)!

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