"Lava Tree State Park" Hawaii (State of) Off The Beaten Path Tip by BlueCollar
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On the Big Island
This little place is on the far east side of the Big Island on Hwy 132 in the Puna district. What's a lava tree? These are the husks of lava that were left standing after the fast flowing pahoehoe lava (sometimes happens with a‘â lava) engulfed the ohia trees and then quickly receeded.
Here's how they form: Visualize the molten lava flowing across the ground. As the molten lava flow spreads accross the ground, it gets deeper and deeper. As the flow of lava intercepts a tree, it climbs the tree's trunk higher and higher. The tree cools the lava it touches and hardens while molten lava continues flowing around it. Then there is an arrest of the flow upstream that diverts or halts the lava flow. The molten lava continues flowing downhill and, as it drains away, it exposes more of the cooled lava that had encrusted the tree. The trees were incinerated but lasted long enough to allow the lava to cool in the shape of the tree and these lavarock sentinels were left standing in their place to tell their story centuries later. It seems that you can still see their bark's impressions on the inside of these hollow tubes. This link: http://www.hawaiiweb.com/hawaii/html/sites/lawa_tree_state_park.html has some better info.
Be sure to look for my video here on VT that captured the cacophony of birds sounding off in the forest along the backside of this park.
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