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Hawaii Volcanos Hawaii

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Hawaii Volcanos
Hawaii National Park,
Hawaii
HI
96718
Tel: (808) 985-6000

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes.
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Be prepared for all weather conditions. Wear layers of clothing, bring raingear, and wear hiking boots or shoes if you plan to venture out on trails. .

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    Best part of our trip to the big island.

    Volcanoes National Park was full of rangers who were knowledgeable and friendly. The park is well maintained, well marked, and has many restrooms throughout the park.

    The park is diverse and full of lots of activities. Our favorites were the Thurston Lava Tube, hiking down in the Kilauea Iki Crater, row of craters drive, and of course the spewing red lava of Kilauea.

    We loved the park so much. We can't wait to go back!

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    Awesome place... no lava unless u take a chopper, or hike into the "Danger Zone".... 18 miles. Military is free into the park and cabins for rent only to military at the top for rent and a small PX at cheaper prices.

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    Hawai'i, the island, is my favorite of this chain of sequentially active isles created as the earth's crust moves northwest, leaving dots of volcanic beauty in stages of biologic activity. Fortunate to have visited several times, the most memorable views have been from helicopter (not ever again, ever), and a leased plane (ah, fixed wing!) on separate occasions. So much change occurred between visits. Suggest sunset hour for best aerial views. Witness the raw thermal power of the magma as darkness descends. *DO THIS!
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    fantastic hikes for different grade of travellers. Beautiful and somewhat haunting when you think of the disasters and havoc the lava created

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    My wife and I went here as part of our honeymoon trip. It was amazing. If you are on the Big Island this place is a must! Stay till after dark and watch the Caldera! Worth it in my opinion to pay for a tour package as they will have lots of cool facts and hit all the fun stuff.

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by Richard Lockwood

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Hawai'i, the island, is my favorite of this chain of sequentially active isles created as the earth's crust moves northwest, leaving dots of volcanic beauty in stages of biologic activity. Fortunate to have visited several times, the most memorable views have been from helicopter (not ever again, ever), and a leased plane (ah, fixed wing!) on separate occasions. So much change occurred between visits. Suggest sunset hour for best aerial views. Witness the raw thermal power of the magma as darkness descends. *DO THIS!
TOP terrestrial experience extended to the park below, with a great knowledgeable parks service guide (Daniel), and witnessing the joy of those around seeing this for the first time. Tube, new growth species and progression as the lava mirrors evolution in action as the cooling progresses.
[Compare this with the HOVE community, a sad attempt (Hawai'ian Ocean View Estates) at a planned community complete with street signs, partially buried in lava - eerie! Stand at the corner of desperation and desolation and see man's plans and natures reality. On the same island as the Volcano N.P., the progression of the volcanic activity may be most apparent and dramatic in visiting both of these smack-dab awe inspiring sites.
And then check out Haleakala sunrise on Maui if you're insufficiently gobsmacked with the BIG island...you can bike down thousands of feet, effortlessly.
Bon voyage!

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