Nature’s Bounty


About Kikaha by Island Air 13 – Summer 2017
Nothing tastes as good as fruit straight from the tree. Mangoes still warm from the sun, tangerines bursting with juice, and coconuts heavy with water are simple, satisfying treats. More complicated is how such harvests are generated—the very soil that such plants are rooted in dates back to the volcanic formation of the islands roughly two to four million years ago. In this issue, we delve into the resilient, collaborative, and awe-inducing aspects of Hawai‘i’s environment. Learn about the science that explains the excess of wind on Maui, where the best windsurfing conditions in the world can be found. Hear of a volunteer group that collects the surplus of neighborhood crops to share with their community. Encounter the active, volcanic creation of Hawai‘i on the coast of the Big Island. Then, once you’ve gotten your fill of our stories, go get a taste for yourself.

On the Cover
Kīlauea volcano on Hawai‘i Island has been erupting almost continuously since 1983, creating more than 500 acres of land along the ocean. Its magnificence is on full display at night, as captured by photographer John Hook.