Exploring the Volcanoes of Hawaii
What makes about Hawaii’s volcanoes so special?
Would you believe that one of the biggest volcanos on earth covers almost half of the Hawaii Island? Yes, that is true! The Maunaloa volcano is arguably amongst the biggest one on earth and it deceptively covers a major portion of Hawaii Island.
The various volcanoes located on the island are located at the Hawaii National Park, which is one of the most visited places in the world. Here you can see and safely explore Kilauea, which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Unlike the steep, conical peaked mountains that we imagine a volcano to be, the volcanoes in Hawaii are the “shield” type of structures.
Hawaii has three active volcanoes. The Kilauea and Maunaloa on Hawaii Island are located in the Hawaii’s “Volcanoes National Park” and what may come as a surprise too many, the Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously ever since the 1983 while the Maunaloa volcano erupted last in 1984.
The third volcano, Mount Loihi is an underwater volcano off the Hawaii’s Big Island southern coast and has been active since the 1996. It is predicted that this might break to the surface in the distant future, giving the Hawaiian chain its ninth island.
There are many other volcanic craters like the Haleakala on Maui and the Leahi (meaning Diamond Head) at Punchbowl in Oahu can be explored by hiking.
Kilauea is also referred to as the “drive-in volcano” – the only one of its kind in the world. It currently produces enough lava per day to resurface a two-lane 30 km long road daily. As per some estimates, its current eruption could last at least another 100 years. A chance to see the Kilauea’s luminous lava flow sizzle as they meet the waters in the sea is itself a great incentive for many, to visit Hawaii.
This is a living museum build on Hawaii Island’s 377-square miles area, where you can witness the volcanoes closely and see their amazing power face to face in a surprisingly intimate way. Here, you will realize the amazing power of nature and experience a great manna as you hike along the desolate deserts and rocky trails leading to the craters. This museum is the biggest visitor attraction of Hawaii.
A home to the powerful Kilauea, the world’s most famous and active volcanoes as well as the sub aerial Mauna Loa volcano, the Volcanoes National Park displays a diversity characterized by the dramatic volcanic landscapes, amazing volcanic craters, rare fauna and flora and the famous lava tubes. You can also witness steam rising from the open cracks in the ground right in the middle of grass fields.
Exploring the Thurston Lava Tube is an experience in itself. It is a five-century old lava tube which once carried molten lava. The exit from this tube leads to
a lush green tropical rainforest, which is an excellent place for a stop-over and listening to sounds of the birds and other wildlife in the island.