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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

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  • Day26

    Hawaiʻi-Volcanoes-Nationalpark - Teil 1

    September 30 in the United States

    Der Kīlauea gehört zu den aktivsten Vulkanen Der Erde. Der jüngste Ausbruch z.B. dauert seit dem 3. Januar 1983 an. Seitdem kam es immer wieder zu größeren Eruptionen mit Lavaflüssen, jedoch war es in den letzten 10 Jahren relativ ruhig um den Vulkan. Doch dann rastet der Vulkan plötzlich im Mai dieses Jahres aus und lässt die Erde in der Nähe unserer Unterkunft aufreißen. Mehrere Monate war es nicht ganz sicher ob wir überhaupt dort nächtigen können wo wir es geplant hatten, denn nur wenige Kilometer entfernt überquerten zwei neue Lavaströme den Highway, an dem unser Häuschen liegt, und ergossen sich in den Ozean. Knapp 10.000 Menschen mussten evakuiert werden bis sich der Vulkan erst im August diesen Jahres wieder beruhigte. Und erst seitdem wurde uns bestätigt dass unsere Unterkunft unbeschädigt geblieben ist. Trotzdem sehen wir in der Nähe immer wieder Strassen und Wege, die komplett abgesperrt sind. An einer Stelle der Strasse dampft es immer direkt neben der Fahrbahn und es ist verboten dort anzuhalten. Wir werden hier also direkt mit den Folgen des Aufbruchs konfrontiert.
    Eine weitere Folge ist auch, dass der Volcanoes-Nationalpark, den wir heute besuchten, zu großen Teilen abgesperrt und unzugänglich ist. Grund dafür ist dass es dort zu gefährlich ist, es unentdeckte Risse und Spalten geben kann und die Wege einfach durch den Ausbruch zerstört wurden. Trotzdem konnten wir uns einige Sachen anschauen, wie zum Beispiel die Steam Vents (Risse im Boden, aus denen heisser und stinkiger Wasserdampf strömt), Schwefelfelder mit unzähligen giftigen gelben Kristallen und die Chain of Craters Route, wo man einigen inaktiven Seitenkratern des Kilauea sehr nahe kommt. Hier haben wir einige Wanderungen über erkaltete weitläufige Lavafelder unternommen.
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  • Day24

    Volcanos, caves and lots of dogs

    April 14, 2015 in the United States

    Manta ray dive complete we are finally ready to set off to the other side of the island. Suki did an excellent job driving! (self pat on back)

    First stop rainbow falls for a few happy snaps. Then over to Haunama caves, a not very well known spot where you can hike through an old lava tube.. byo flashlights! Or in our case, Travs flashlight and my mobile phone. Pretty cool hiking through an old lava tube in complete darkness.. we may have gotten a tad lost at the end where we ended up in an overgrown forest area. I think you are supposed to turn around and go back up the tube, but "let's go this way!" Trav says.. short story is we got back to the car eventually.

    Off to the volcano! No flowing lava at present unfortunately however still fascinating to see it with the steam vents and sulfur visible. We went back at night to see the crater glowing bright red.. very cool.. I mean.. hot (teehee).

    Tonight we are staying in a unique little cabin in the middle of the forest with Lily and Brian, a hippy-ish couple with a big property complete with forest, water tank, hot tub, cabin, 6 dogs and 2 cats. Yes 6 dogs. All trying to jump on us when we arrived which ended in a big fight and almost tearing down the carport. Just another day on the Big Island!

    Trav is not feeling well unfortunately and is having trouble equalizing his ears.. hope we'll be ok to fly tomorrow...
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  • Day10

    Hale Ma'uma'u Volcano Crater

    April 3 in the United States

    Die Strasse um den Crater ist leider geschlossen - weil zu gefährlich. Je nach Höhe des Lavasees könnte man die Lava sehen. Nach der Dämmerung natürlich am Besten. Nun, in diesem Nebel haben wir schon Freude, dass wir bis zum Crater sehen. Sehr eindrücklich!👍👍👍 Und auf einmal wird einem bewusst, dass man eigentlich auf einem Pulverfass steht! 😳Read more

  • Day63

    Volcanoes National Park

    November 5, 2017 in the United States

    Die Lava des seit 1983 aktiven Puʻu ʻŌʻō-Kraters ist mehr als 1000 Grad heiß... Nur hier im Volcanoes National Park kann man der Lava so nah kommen und die Entstehung neuer Erde langsam beobachten, ein einmaliges Erlebnis

  • Day5

    Volcanoes Are Fun

    June 20, 2016 in the United States

    I've enjoyed visiting and hiking in many national parks, but this one is the farthest from my house and is the most different. While Yellowstone is a volcanic caldera  that someday will blow up and kill most of us living in the western US, no worries though, we will all be long gone before that happens, Volcano National Park in Hawaii is the most active volcano on earth. It has glowing red/orange lava bubbling and flowing about. On one night as we drove near the park I remembered that at night the lava in Kilauea volcano can be seen glowing and lurching into the air. We pulled into the park, bought our pass and followed the cars. From the closest viewing area we could see the glow, the smoke and spikes of lava leaping upward, albeit not to high.

    But there is more to this park. I arranged for a lava tube tour in advance for $30. This is a tour of a secret tube that was only discovered in 1990 and only 24 people are allowed in per month. It's pristine and unspoiled by man. There is no evidence that even the native Hawaiians came to this place. I've had a love for caves and volcanoes since I was a kid when for the first time I saw the movie "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", staring Pat Boone of course. My favorite movie and book by Jules Verne. My parents took us on a Carlsbad Caverns trip when I was 11 and that solidified my adoration.

    The tube tour did not disappoint. Following the rangers along a secret trail, with threats of phone confiscation if we were tracking with GPS, we came to a ladder and desended into a hole in the ground and past a pig skeleton. Inside were stalactites, micro organisms unique to caves and are being used in cancer treatmant research, cave spiders the size of a pin head, and lots of rocks to crawl over. Looking back at the entrance gave an erie perspective. The cool dampness dripped all around as the light from our headlamps reflected off ilmenite, a titanium based mineral. Hawaiians used tubes like this for shelter, storage, water and defense against waring attackers. Oh, by the way, Kim dropped me off and went shopping in Hilo, an activity more to her liking.

    We drove down to the coast along the chain of craters road to see the Holei sea arch. The wind never stops blowing here. The low setting sun reflects of the smooth caps on the lava making them look wet.

    I also went on two hikes. I'd recommend both of these. The first was a 2.5 mile hike through forest and down onto the Kilauea Iki crater floor. In 1959 this crater erupted into a fiery cauldron of molten rock. Steam still vents out in places. The second was to the top of Mauna Ula. Now this one suprized me. A 2.5 mile round trip to the top of a mountain. At the top was an enormous crater, so deep and so large I hesitated at the edge before looking in, and that's not like me. I usually walk right up to the edge. Maybe it was the 40 MPH winds. Maybe it was the cornice lip edges of crumbling lava. But, it was an exhilarating experience and made me think of what it would look and feel like the walk on Mars! The view was awesome. A bonus on this hike was all the blooming Ohia and Ohelo berries that grow on the lava. The red berries are cousins to the blueberry, but their not as tasty.

    On the walk out I left the trail, what little trail there was anyway, and crunched my way down. This stuff just falls apart under your feet and is like walking on burnt toast. Volcano National Park is a 5 star park on my list. I didn't see flowing lava on this trip, but there is always next time.

    I have to give kudos to Kim while I hiked around for hours. She waited in the car, reading and coloring in her coloring book for grown ups.
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  • Day10

    Jagger museum, vulcano caldera viewpoint

    September 17, 2016 in the United States

    A bit further down the northern crater rim road has been a museum and scientific outpost watching the vulcano and its activity. I liked even more than the view towards the caldera, which is an active, open hole to the magma, those drawings and artwork which are reflecting thoughts how the hawaiian people see the vulcano.Read more

  • Day15


    October 15, 2016 in the United States

    Der am längsten aktive Vulkan der Erde - in seiner Kaldera liegt der Lavasee Halemaʻumaʻu - dieser ist nach 84 jähriger Ruhepause Anfang 2008 wieder aufgebrochen und seither aktiv.

    Der Kilauea ist seit 1983 durchgehend aktiv - von dem ca. 15 km, von der Hauptkaldera, entfernte Krater Pu'u-O-o, läuft die Lava bis in den Pazifik wo sie durch das Meerwasser schlagartig erkaltet. Hier kann man leider nicht so ohne weiteres hingelangen - aber wir konnten den Lavasee sehr gut vom Jagger Museum aus sehen.

    Als wir im Visitor Center der Hawaii National Volcano Parks ankommen verbreitet sich nach einigen Minuten Hektik unter den Rangern - der Lavasee ist übergelaufen- das erste mal seit Anfang 2015 - ebenso ist seit gestern eine neue Fontäne linken Rand entstanden. Wir fahren zum Jagger Museum und bewundern das Naturschauspiel voller Begeisterung...
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  • Day2

    Jaggar museum and observatory

    January 20, 2017 in the United States

    Kīlauea is a currently active shield volcano, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiʻi. It is the clearly the highlight of Volcano National Park and Jaggar Museum's overlook provides the best view of the Kilauea volcano. This is where we could see the lava bubbling up out of the volcano. Definitely a highlight of the trip.

    We actually saw the guy that wore the clothes displayed here...he apparently is one of only two people known to have fallen into a lava stream and survived.
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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