Did you know that Hawaii Island isn’t just big but it is still growing? The “youngest” island in the Hawaiian chain is the Island of Hawaii but it is also the largest – giving it the name “the Big Island”. The Big Island is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kilauea. Kilauea volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on earth and currently produces 250,000 – 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. As of January 1994, over 490 acres of new land has been created by Kilauea. The current eruption may last another 100 years or stop tomorrow. Pele, the volcano goddess who lives here, is very unpredictable. But the chance to watch Kilauea’s blistering lava flows meet the sea is just one of the reasons to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Founded in 1916, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.
The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.
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