Mauna Kea

A hike in the Lava Fields!

We could have tried to find the Lava ourselves, but even with a guide from Arnott's Lodge it took 1-1/2 hours!!!

The Kilauea Caldera at the visitors center. Can you see Lee on the right of the picture? The diameter of the Caldera is about 5km X 6km.

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Black Sand Beach formed from Volcanic ash that will soon be washed away. Remnants of Pu'u O'o spewing during the previous few months.

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As the Lava cools layers of minerals form

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Lee and our hike on our long hike to REAL LAVA!

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Sci Fi hill, Lava flowing down an embankment I guess forming really cool intertwined strands. Very Borg looking.

Two types of Lava predominate the landscape - pahoehoe, and aa.
Pahoehoe lava is characterized by a smooth, billowy, or ropy surface. A ropy surface develops when a thin skin of cooler lava at the surface of the flow is pushed into folds by the faster moving, fluid lava just below the surface.
Aa lava is characterized by a rough, jagged, spinose, and generally clinkery surface.

The chemical composition is the same, Pahoehoe can become Aa but not visa versa.

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A Ukranian Tourist brought along some bacon and eggs and a frying pan from the Hostel! He did fry up the bacon and eggs, but didn't cook it enough so only he ate...

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The active Pu'u in on the Big Island today is Pu'u O'o. For activity updates check out the Kilauea Update Website

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Lee Bravely poking flowing lava!

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Our guide put a penny into the lava, stirred it up and the penny burned!

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I'm taking a picture of the lava, underneath my feet was very hot and I noticed lava flowing there too!
The temperature at this point was about 45oC, a very nice Sauna!

After leaving the active Lava area of Volcano National Park, we went for a little hike into the  old ancient Thurston Lava Tube. A picture of the tube would not do it justice, but this is a good picture of the area surrounding the ancient lava beds.

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This is what the Far North Side of the big island looks like! Near Kapauu

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Here is a picture of the East Lee side of the island!

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Mauna Kea