Waianapanapa State Park stuns with its black sand beaches, and yellow-greenish landscape. The park surprises visitors with its vast open spaces and long walking distances. Luckily, a fleet of rusty old trucks lets tourists make their way there and back. Amiable and sensible truck operators reminded of the beauty of simplicity that often does not exist beyond the borders of national parks.

Volcano National Park, surprises with its barren scenery and active volcanic activity.

These photos are from a trip circling the Big Island of Hawaii in December 2016.