Yearly Archives: 2015

Maui’s Skyline Trail: A Well-Kept Secret at Haleakala National Park

By (Trailblazer Hawaii) About 1.5 million people visit Haleakala National Park each year, and almost all take in the view from 10,000-foot-high Red Hill Summit (often shrouded with lower-lying clouds). And maybe half the people at least take a gander at Sliding Sands Trail, which drops a few thousand feet into the 19-square-mile volcano's…
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Big Island’s Fantastic “Destructive Waters”

By (Trailblazer Hawaii) Through the middle of Hilo Town runs the Wailuku River—'Destructive Waters' in Hawaiian—which carries the runoff from the saddle of the world's two tallest mountains Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (when measured from the sea floor, these peaks are 40,000-plus feet). When tropical rain thunder down, no river is more aptly…
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Hiking to Lava on the Big Island

By Bruce Fisher

Ever since Mark Twain’s famous journey to Hawaii in 1866 as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union, the Kilauea lava flow has been attracting visitors from around the world. And for good reason. This is Mother Nature at her rawest and Madam Pele made visible in all of her fiery glory. There are few earthly spectacles as compelling as a volcanic eruption. It is creation and destruction at once. Under certain conditions, lava pours dramatically into the churning surf at land’s end. Or lights up the night sky over the Halemaumau Crater.

There are a few ways to see the lava, depending on current conditions of the flow that began way back in 1983. And a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory and Halemaumau Crater will take you through vast fields of young lava, a desert of forbidding new rock.

The first thing to know about viewing the lava is that conditions are changing constantly. You really have to contact the National Volcanoes Observatory to find out what’s the status with the Crater Rim Drive, the Chain of Craters Road and the nearby hiking trails. Right now, parts of some roads are closed and others are open to foot traffic only. Their observatory’s website is updated daily with changes in conditions, road and hiking restrictions, and sulfur dioxide levels. There are lava lakes at the Pu’u O’o Crater and at the Halemaumau Crater.

It’s important to know that viewing the Kilauea lava flow takes planning. It’s not as though you can drive right up, take out your camera and film slowly creeping lava.

To plan your trip to see the lava on the Big Island, there are a few agencies to check with first for current conditions. The US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website is the best place to start, but you’ll want to check with the Kilauea Visitors Center when making the trip to Volcanoes National Park. They’re open daily from 9am – 5pm, and there are park rangers on hand to answer questions and let know anything you need to view the lava.

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Sharks Sightings Increase in Hawaii

Did you know that shark sightings have been increasing in Hawaii? There have even been more shark bites in Hawaii recently as well. So far this year, there were seven shark attacks in Hawaii - one which was fatal. According to the Hawaii Division of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR), most shark attacks happen in…
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