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MEET HAWAI‘I 37 The Hawaiian Islands HAWAI‘I Here are some essential Park attractions: CRATER RIM DRIVE The 17km drive circles Kīlauea Caldera and takes in the park’s main attractions. HALEMA‘UMA‘U CRATER Steam vents plume from this massive crater. THURSTON LAVA TUBE Walk through a 500-year-old lava cave formed when an underground channel of molten lava drained from its cooled walls forming a massive hollow chamber. PU‘U‘Ō‘Ō VENT Currently Kīlauea lava activity isn’t centered in its caldera (the depression at the top of the volcano) but at the Pu‘u‘Ō‘ō Vent in the East Rift Zone. Sometimes Pu‘u‘Ō‘ō lava floods underground tubes that empty dramatically into the sea. If your timing is right, you can watch this spectacle. SPOTLIGHT ON HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is the home of Kīlauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Founded in 1916, the Park encompasses 134,760 hectares from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 241km of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests in addition to a museum, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes — Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984, and Kīlauea which has been erupting since January 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognised in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honoured as a World Heritage site. Kīlauea is sometimes called ‘the world’s only drive-in volcano’. This prolific volcano currently produces between 100,000 and almost 500,000 cubic metres of lava per day. VOLCANO HOUSE HOTEL Overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater, the hotel has been operating since 1846.
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