ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii

Updated on August 25, 2016
elayne001 profile image

Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii

I love the Big Island of Hawaii because it so diverse.

Several weeks ago I traveled with my husband and my father to meet up with my brother and his wife on this tropical island.

I have been there a few times before, but this time was different since so much of my own family was there.

I love the Big Island because it so diverse.

One minute you can be in a lush tropical rainforest, and the next you feel like you are on a different planet because of all the dried lava flow from days gone by. The Big Island is the newest of the islands in Hawaii, and it is still under construction .

My brother asked me what I wanted to do, and I told him I wanted to go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and to see the lava tube, since I had somehow missed it on prior visits.

So five of us ventured in a jeep two hours from Kona to see the land of the volcanoes. Other than my brothers driving, which was pretty scary in and of itself (he drives very fast), we enjoyed the windy roads and spectacular views from a few thousand feet up.

Somehow we made it safely to the park. There is a visitor's center there which has many informative displays as well as a video to preview before you go out on your own. The video basically told you how dangerous it was out there, and that you were responsible for your own safety - and then it said to have a great day ! It showed how the shelves that are formed when the lava pours down the mountain can give way and you can disappear.You can also die from the exposure to volcanic gases (VOG). Oh, great!

The video also showed how paved roads and houses have been swallowed up by the hot molten lava, and in fact, a whole village that was in the path of the lava no longer exists. In 1990 lava buried 43 square miles of land including over 200 homes, and the entire town of Kalapana. I guess if Madam Pele (the volcano Goddess) has travel plans, you better get out of her way.

So, armed with this information, and realizing we were surrounded by vents that spewed steam from the hot lava flowing deep beneath our very feet, we explored the territory. I was a bit jumpy the rest of the trip, and especially when we looked out over the caldera and current site of the Kilauea volcano where there were big clouds of volcanic gases bellowing out.

Then we decided to get even more brave and go to the underground Thurston Lava Tube. It was very interesting as you can see by the video. I half expected some lava to come thru the tube and get us, but it didn't.

We survived our trip to the Volcanoes Park, but since we left, Kilauea decided to show her fury, and it has been on the national news quite a bit since then. Here are some pictures from last week - March 2011.

New fissure and molten lava - March 2011
New fissure and molten lava - March 2011
March 2011 - lava spewing out of Kilauea
March 2011 - lava spewing out of Kilauea

March 2011

Due to the latest activity, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has closed a number of roads and trails. Kulanaokuaiki campground was also closed until further notice. Luckily, no homes are under threat.

I am glad we got to see it when we did - I remember seeing the campground they are talking about.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)