A Volcano for Every Island
Most that are familiar with the Hawaiian Islands know their volcanic past, and the violent events that led to the creation of the islands. Over hundreds of thousands of years, the Pacific Plate passed over a volcanic hot spot at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean has created the land that eventually broke the surface and created the isolated set of islands that we all love.
The volcanic history of the islands are apparent pretty much anywhere you look, and every island has at least 1 volcano that is easily recognized. Even the black sand beaches on Maui and the Big Island exist because of the volcanoes, and their distinctive traits are just part of what makes them so special.
Visiting volcanoes, active, extinct, or dormant, is easy and fun, and during your visit to any island, you can discover a volcano.
There are a few to choose from, but the most unique on this island, and probably in Hawaii, is the Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu. The crater is the site of a military cemetery and features an incredible display of United States war history. The crater dates back to the days of ancient Hawaii, when it was used to signal incoming ships to the island. It was also the site of sacrifice for Hawaiians. Head up to the volcano to see the meticulous landscaping of the cemetery, the beautiful display of war history, and one of the most amazing views of the island that you will ever see.
The obvious choice (and only choice) for Maui is Halekala. The dormant volcano makes up South Maui and is visible from anywhere on the island. The volcano is a national park and provides an amazing view of the sunrise. There are also many farms, wineries, and activities that take place on the slopes of Haleakala.
The Big Island’s volcanoes make for a tough choice, as there are 5 different volcanoes that comprise the island and each is incredibly significant to the island. While Kilauea is the only active volcano in Hawaii, our choice for this island’s volcano is Mauna Kea. The most prominent volcano on the island, Mauna Kea is the site of the deep space telescopes, and is actually the highest point on Earth, when measuring from the mountains base at the bottom of the ocean. Mauna Loa also receives snowfall every year, which is quite an experience.
This is a bit tricky because the entire island of Kauai is one volcano, so technically, you are on it at all times. The best features of the island have been shaped over more than 1 million years, and include the Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast, with sea cliffs that rise over 400 feet!
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