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Mauna Loa locals only beach

On Thursday, November 3, 2011, locals enjoyed a nearly tourist free beach at Mauna Loa, in Kona, Hawaii. Care must be taken when walking there; the beach is littered with thorny Acacia trees planted by the missionaries to try to prevent the Hawaiians from going barefoot. The thorns are so strong, they can pierce shoes. (Photo by Victoria Linssen / Brooks Institute ©2011)

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