Fujifilm’s Fujicolor C200 is one of my favorite film stocks, it seems to love the bright Hawaiian sun, whether shooting at the beach or in the mountains. I love the way it renders greens and browns.
I shot one roll of 35mm film during our 2-day adventure through Haleakāla National Park with my Nikon F100 and 50mm f/1.8 lens. I rate the film at 100ASA and meter for what details I am aiming to capture. As I hiked, I carried my son Balou, clothes, water and snacks along with my two cameras (I shot a roll of B&W 120mm film on my Yashica 635) (totalling about 40lbs) 10 of the 11.2 mile hike (he walked about a mile).
Hiking through a dormant volcano, past old cinders, reminiscent of Mars or the Moon, one can hardly believe they are on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific. The trail begins at 9,740ft slipping down into the bottom of the eroded volcano crater. Once within the crater, you trek across sandy volcanic soil past old cinders and sparse vegetation, fully exposed to the passing showers and mist.
When we hiked 7.5 miles we reached our first destination, Holuā Cabin. The cabin is nestled up near Ko’olau Gap through which clouds and mist filter in to provide enough moisture for vegetation so greenery becomes part of the landscape. Our friends met us at the cabin with ingredients to make a delicious Indian curry and chapati flatbread on the cast iron wood burning stove inside the cabin. Protected from any light pollution, the vibrancy and amount of stars that could be seen in the night sky was awe inspiring.
The next day we hiked 3.7 miles and 1,050ft of elevation change up switchbacks that seemed to go on forever. I could barely walk for days after the trip but the experience was magical and have already planned a 2-night trip back in October.