Hawaii, Volcanoes

Hawaii Volcano Guide

Currently, Hawaii is home to three active volcanoes. One of these is Loihi, which is located underwater off the coast of Big Island. This one has been erupting since 1996 and is expected to eventually break the surface to form a new island. The other active volcanoes are located on Hawaii’s Big Island in what is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here, visitors can see all the magnificence of the Maunaloa volcano and Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, allowing visitors to see real live flowing lava. This natural wonder continues to pour out copious amounts of lava that is gradually adding acres of surface land to Big Island. The Kilauea Visitor Center serves as an excellent starting point for a journey around Kilauea. It offers maps, ranger guides, information, and updates about the constantly changing mountain. From here, one may travel on Crater Rim Drive of Kilauea Caldera. From this molten path you can reach the Thomas A. Jagger Museum dedicated to volcanology. Also accessible from Crater Rim Drive is the unique Thurston Lava Tube, a hollow lava cave formed from drained molten lava over half a century ago. This extraordinary underground channel opens into a luscious rainforest.

Maunaloa is the most massive mountain on Earth, covering half of Hawaii’s Big Island. It last erupted in 1984. Maunaloa is a large and low profile “shield” volcano that has been created from the broad sheets of lava accumulating after after fluid lava slowly runs from the mouth of the volcano. This design is not steep, but rather broad and huge. The volcano can be hiked, biked, or walked for breathtaking views. The volcano is accessible from both Honolulu accommodation and Waikiki Beach accommodation.

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