Hawaii: The Big Island

L A V A


Pele
The Goddess of Fire

Watches over fiery lava flows as they continually reshape the coastline.


Lava Flow: from 6 miles away


Recent road closure


Sept 1982 Lava Flow

Two types of Hawaiian Lava: Pahoehoe and A'a

A'a is jagged and clinkery



Pahoehoe and has a smooth and ropey surface; it is hotter and contains more gas


Lava Rock Graffiti

May look like paint, but is actually environmental-friendly and created with white coral. Hawaiians actually walk down to the waters edge and collect as many sea shells as they need to decorate the A'a lava rocks. Numerous messages can be found alongside the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway on Hawai'is Kona Coast.

Let's see who you rode with.
Take me back to Hawaii!
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