About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Hot Springs & Geysers, Parks
Beaches, Parks, State Parks
Valleys, Historic Walking Areas
The neatest thing about this park, popular with locals, is the geothermically-heated swimming pool, naturally filled with ocean water. It's about as relaxing a place to soak yourself silly in as any you’re likely come across. Ah...
Wow. 70,000 years in the making and just as active today as ever, the area comprising this national park is one of the world’s most surreal landscapes. Where else might you have the opportunity to actually see lava oozing down the side of a mountain, and hitting the ocean with a big plume of smoke? To discover the wonders of how land is formed – and indeed to actually see land being formed (if you're lucky!) – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a must-see destination.
This series of interconnected tide pools just off the island’s easternmost point, offers hours of fun for anybody interested in looking for all sorts of marine life, or simply making a splash in a beautiful and safe setting. Plus, some of the pools are volcanically heated for an especially warm and inviting dip!
Turquoise water, white sand, and a gently sloping landscape all add up to a dreamy beach setting in this dry and sunny section of the Big Island.
For a big-picture take on the great outdoors, consider a visit to the Mauna Kea Observatory. Set atop the 4,200-meter high summit of massive Mauna Kea – big skies, a multitude of stars, and some of the cleanest air on the planet are the rewards for making it to the top.
The chance of seeing giant sea turtles is exceptionally good at this beautiful and unusual black sand beach. And even without the turtles, it’s a fun place to play!
Ka Lae, aka South Point, is not just the southernmost point of island or of all the Hawaiian Islands, but of the entire 50 United States. There’s not a whole lot to do here actually, except to take in the view and ponder the vastness of world. But oh what a view, and oh how vast the world!
In a word: stunning. From the eastern cliffs looking over this dramatic valley, your eyes will do a double-take trying to take in so much movie-worthy scenery before them. Down below in the valley, you’ll discover 'Old Hawaii' with a small off-the-grid community (best leave ‘em be!), a herd of wild horses, perfect crescent beach, crashing waves, a craggy coastline, and verdant forest.