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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Listed under National Parks in Kilauea, United States.

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Yes, most people think about the beaches when visiting Hawaii, but the actively spitting giants in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park play as important a role in defining the state’s famous landscape as beaches do. On this World Heritage site are two of the most active volcanoes in the world – Mauna Loa and Kilauea.

When the volcanoes bubble and erupt, they deposit build ups of ash, lava and dust across the land, continually evolving and redefining the landscape. But despite the hardened lava spread as far as the eye can see, the national park is able to support forms of life such as rare Hawaiian birds and leafy ferns. Hike on lava trails or take a drive along the coastline for great views of the volcanoes reaching up against a background of blue Hawaiian ocean.

Just remember – legend has it that the goddess Pele will curse anyone who takes a piece of volcanic rock from its home on the shores of Hawaii.

Written by  Jordan-Ashley Baker.

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““You are standing on an active volcano””

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“Hawaii Volcanoes National Park”

'This site contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mauna Loa (4,170 m high) and Kilauea (1,250 m high), both of which tower over the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows revea… Read more...

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“Hawaii Volcanoes”

'In the 19th century, before tourism became Hawaii's middle name, the islands' singular attraction for world travelers wasn't the beach, but the volcano. From the world over, curious spectators gathered on the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau crater to see o… Read more...

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