Early morning pu’u

In Hawaii, a pu’u is a hill. These are old cinder cones that dot the landscape from the coast to the top of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

Along Old Saddle Road, the land and it’s pu’us are grass-covered. This pastureland is cattle, horse, and sheep country, with a lot of goats thrown in for good measure. The land is steep and and rough and the grass varied, but the rainfall is heavy enough that there’s a lot of it.

Old Saddle Road is one of my favorite drives on the island, particularly in the early morning (above) and late afternoon (below).

Posted in response to Friendly Friday challenge theme of ‘Splendour in the Grass.’ See more responses here.

11 thoughts on “Early morning pu’u

  1. Forestwood

    Quite a stunning landscape, Graham. In some ways it reminds me of the Faroe Islands, with its absence of trees. The grasses are a magnificent golden colour which equals great photography! Well done!

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    1. Graham Post author

      There used to be a lot more trees. Early settlers did some clearing, which escalated as the population grew, and the sandalwood forest were basically clearcut for trade. There are still heavily wooded areas, mostly on the east side where there’s more rain.


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