"Big Island - an island in the making" Hawaii (Big Island) by San_Diego_Evita

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Kilauea volcano

A day before leaving Hawaii, I just had to peak inside a volcano. We chartered a small plane. The pilot was cautious and this is as close as we could get to the red hot lava (2200 degrees Fahrenheit).

one of Kilauea's vents

There's something magical about a smoking mountain cone. It seems alive. It doesn't smell too nice up close, though (sulphuric acid). We drove from Hilo to Kona for hours without seeing a single blade of green grass -- just lava, lava, and more lava. This island is not finished yet, but a new one is about to poke its head out of the ocean in a few hundred years. As the earth crust glides over this hot spot, the Hawaiian chain is being constructed, one island at a time.

Akaka Fall

The northern shore of the Big Island is green and lusciuos. This waterfaww measures over 1000 ft and can be seen only from the air.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great if you're into volcanos
  • Cons:Not as pretty as Kauai, bet I may be biased
  • In a nutshell:Come once
  • Last visit to Hawaii (Big Island): Jun 1988
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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