Went up with Paradise Helicopters on a flight over the Kilauea June 27th Lava Flow, up to Pu‘u ‘O‘o Crater and over lower Puna subdivisions on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
Taking photos from a helicopter is the way to go but is always challenging. Make sure you wear black or very dark clothes as reflections on the windows will ruin your images/video or if possible shoot through an open port or better yet have them take the doors off the helicopter.
Don’t let your lens touch any helicopter surface like the window. The vibration from the helo will ruin your photos and it’s rude to scratch the crap out of the windows with your lens. Try to use your arms as shock absorbers, watch those horizon lines as any aircraft will bank and throw the tilt out of whack. You have to constantly adjust camera position.
Wear long pants, sometimes it’s required. And above all have fun. Great flight with Calvin Dorn, CEO of Paradise Helicopters.
Had food at Sukothai restaurant again in Pahoa. Food takes awhile to be prepared but it’s worth it, yummy stuff. I’m worried though that they may not stay in business long as there was nobody eating there when I dropped by to pick-up my takeout order, though two other people were ordering/waiting for their takeout food.
I wrote a review on Yelp to hopefully help them out as I’m afraid folks heading down to Kalapana to view the lava flow and such drive right past Pahoa town.
Here’s there menu. Drop by there and the other businesses in Pahoa and keep the bucks in Hawaii.
Here’s the menu. Sorry, no photos, food was scarfed down.