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Offerings on Top of Mauna Kea

Given the powerful gusts up here, I can understand why there are so many rocks.


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Alter on Top Of Mauna Kea

From what I understand, offering are put on top and they fall through.
Periodically, a guardian comes up and buries the offerings in the base.


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Cinder Cones On Mauna Kea

From what I understand, these cones are pushed up during eruptions, but lava may not flow out of them.


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Radio Telescope in a Sea of Clouds

The Radio telescopes were scattered all around the peak.  We are standing on the summit.


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Entering the Moonscape

As we passed about 11,000 feet plant life has thinned out to nothing.  Apparently there
are insects up here that prey on insects that get blown up, but otherwise, it's dead.

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