Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The beautiful Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kaho' olawe, Lanai, Moloka'i, O'ahu, Kauai, and Ni'ihau were all created by volcanoes. Specifically they were created by a hot spot in the tectonic plates. This hot spot and subsequent volcanoes continue to shape the landscape of Hawaii. Hawaii and specifically the Island of Hawaii is a living landscape. Kilauea and Mauna Loa, which are both located on the Big Island, are two of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mauna Loa is actually the most massive summit, even higher than Mount Everest. It has a volume of of 19,999 cubic miles and stands 56,000 feet from the base of the sea floor. It beats Mount Everest by 27,000 feet when counting the amount under the ocean. Unlike continental volcanoes these two volcanoes are less explosive and produce volcanic stream-like flows. This builds up layers upon layers of volcanic landscape. This volcanic living landscape can all be seen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
This national park has many ways to experience these volcanic beauty. The park offers the Crater Rim Drive Tour, Chain of Craters Road, Day Hiking, Backcountry Hiking, and Special Ranger Programs. From the car Crater Rim Drive Tour will give you a scenic drive around the summit of Hilauea while the Chain of Craters Road takes guests to a scenic vista of where the lava rocks of Kilauea meet the ocean. As far as Day Hiking there is plethora of trails and landmarks to discover. These include the Mauna Ulu, the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, Keanakako'i Crater, the Sulfur banks of Ha'akulamanu, the Halema'uma'u Trail, the Kilauea Iki, the Kipukapuaulu, the Devastation Trail, and the Crater Rim Trail. As far as ranger programs there are many events hosted every year and guests should always check the park's website in order keep up to date on events available. The current programs include After Dark in The Park, Ike Hana No'eau, A Walk Into the Past-A Living History, and Na Leo Manu.

For those visiting Hawaii and especially those visiting the Big Island, this is a must visit for it's unique beauty. It is a very unique experience to see a island being transformed before your very eyes.