Know Your Volcanoes

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No matter how you choose to fl y, an AIR TOUR OF HAWAI‘I ISLAND is likely to bring into view the island’s intriguing assortment of VOLCANOES. They include:

KĪLAUEA — One of Earth’s most ACTIVE VOLCANOES, it is located in HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK on the southeastern fl ank of MAUNA LOA. KNOW YOUR VOLCANOES PHO TO: HA W AI‘I T OURISM A UTHORIT Y (HT A) / HEA THER GOODMAN L OCA TION: PU‘U ‘O‘O , PUNA 38 101 things to do |

pumping molten lava over the landscape since 1983, simultaneously developing new real estate and leaving destruction in its wake.

MAUNA LOA — A massive volcano that spreads over half of the Big Island’s 4,034 square miles, Mauna Loa rises 13,680 feet from sea level. It is the LARGEST VOLCANIC MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD and has erupted 39 times since 1832, the most recent being in 1984.

MAUNA KEA: — The TALLEST ISLAND MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, Mauna Kea stands 13,803 feet above sea level, and rises 33,476 feet from the ocean fl oor. At its summit, where snow sometimes falls, the WORLD’S LARGEST ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY houses telescopes operated by astronomers from all over the world.

LŌ‘IHI: Fifteen miles off the southeast coast of the island, Lō‘ihi thunders 3,000 feet beneath the Pacifi c Ocean. Someday, thousands of years from now, the SUBMARINE VOLCANO will emerge to form a NEW ISLAND.

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