Volcano National Park

We spent all but one day of our trip on the the island of Hawaii. While I probably preferred rainforest and beach views to the desolate lava landscapes, one of the highlights of our trip was visiting Volcano National Park. I suspect this is the only time in my life I will look down over the crater of an active volcano.

Halemaumau Crater in the summit caldera of Kīlauea. Hawaiian legend asserts that it is home to Pele, goddess of fire, lightening, wind and volcanoes. For a better view, see this aerial shot.

Steam vents near the Halemaumau Crater

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Free facial- the steam vents were strong and warm. And stinky (sulfur).

Walking through the Thurston lava tube (diameter about 10 feet)

Driving down Chain of Craters road toward the south west coast of Hawaii. Notice the more recent black lava flow all the way down to the ocean.

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At the end of Chain of Craters road at the southwest coast, looking further westward at craggy lava rock coastline. The crashing waves sent sea spray up to the top of the cliff.

Still at the southwest coast, looking eastward toward ‘Apua Point

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The rather desolate view from the coast back up over one of Kīlauea’s lava flow and Chain of Craters Road. Hawaii is a lotta lava.

The current Kīlauea eruption began on January 3, 1983. This documentary details the 2011 eruption of one of Kīlauea’s two rift zones.

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