Volcanoes in Hawaii

Volcanoes in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for the nice beaches, easygoing life and breathtaking volcanoes. This is the story about some of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kilauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema’uma’u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.

It was in 2011 that I arrived in Honolulu from a  flight from Europe. On a nice and sunny day in September, my best friend (and hiking partner) Lora headed to the park.

The moment we arrived into the park I was amazed at how amazing the whole area was, and all of the incredible views. It was a long way from the drop-off point to the first volcano, Kilauea.

At the time that we were there, the volcano was quite quiet.

 

Volcanoes in Hawaii

There are currently three active volcanoes in Hawaii. On Hawaii Island you’ll find Maunaloa and Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983.

Loihi is located underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Erupting since 1996, this emerging seamount may break the surface in about 250,000 years, adding a ninth island to the Hawaiian chain. Other notable volcano craters that you can hike and explore include Haleakala on Maui as well as Leahi (Diamond Head) and the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Oahu.

Getting there is not a problem because Hawaii is not that big and its easy reachable everything.

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