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Nature's power on display at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This was the most spoiled nene we observed as he basically begged for food at a vista point on the Chain of Craters Road; an hour later on our way back up the road the nene was still here waiting for tourists

This was the most spoiled nene we observed as he basically begged for food at a vista point on the Chain of Craters Road; an hour later on our way back up the road the nene was still here waiting for tourists

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses diverse environments from sea level to the summit of the Earth's most massive active volcano, Mauna Loa (in the distance), which reaches 13,679 feet

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses diverse environments from sea level to the summit of the Earth's most massive active volcano, Mauna Loa (in the distance), which reaches 13,679 feet

It took 30 years for the lava to sufficiently cool and harden for hikers to be able to traverse the Kilauea Iki crater; our hike was 7 miles round-trip from the Devastation Trailhead

It took 30 years for the lava to sufficiently cool and harden for hikers to be able to traverse the Kilauea Iki crater; our hike was 7 miles round-trip from the Devastation Trailhead

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987; the park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive shield volcano

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987; the park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive shield volcano

Devil's Throat is a pit crater that formed in 1912 and is now 165 ft deep and 160 ft in diameter; I needed a drone to get a better photo since this perspective lessens the impressiveness

Devil's Throat is a pit crater that formed in 1912 and is now 165 ft deep and 160 ft in diameter; I needed a drone to get a better photo since this perspective lessens the impressiveness

The Thurston Lava Tube was a huge, long tunnel but pitch black; it just re-opened to tourists after having been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic

The Thurston Lava Tube was a huge, long tunnel but pitch black; it just re-opened to tourists after having been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic

The areas in the park outside of lava flows were amazingly lush; admission to the park is $30 per vehicle which is good for 7 days; we saw no tour buses which made crowds manageable

The areas in the park outside of lava flows were amazingly lush; admission to the park is $30 per vehicle which is good for 7 days; we saw no tour buses which made crowds manageable

The best hike on the island includes walking along the floor of Kilauea Iki crater; it erupted for 36 days in 1959 sending gargantuan fountains of lava 1900 ft in the air, spewing enough lava to cover a football field 15 ft deep every minute

The best hike on the island includes walking along the floor of Kilauea Iki crater; it erupted for 36 days in 1959 sending gargantuan fountains of lava 1900 ft in the air, spewing enough lava to cover a football field 15 ft deep every minute

This is the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube; Lee's afternoon adventure in search of other lava tubes was a little dramatic (no, search and rescue wasn't called but only because I had poor cell service LOL)

This is the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube; Lee's afternoon adventure in search of other lava tubes was a little dramatic (no, search and rescue wasn't called but only because I had poor cell service LOL)

At the Puu Loa Petroglyphs ancient Hawaiians would essentially carve their family tree into the lava; each small hole represents a child

At the Puu Loa Petroglyphs ancient Hawaiians would essentially carve their family tree into the lava; each small hole represents a child

Holei Sea Arch is at the end of Chain of Craters Rd; the road (38 miles round-trip) used to go further along the coast but now dead-ends due to lava flows

Holei Sea Arch is at the end of Chain of Craters Rd; the road (38 miles round-trip) used to go further along the coast but now dead-ends due to lava flows

The nene is critically endangered with numbers down to only 30 in 1950; they have lost the ability to fly and are not afraid of cars so they just stay in the road until they feel like moving on

The nene is critically endangered with numbers down to only 30 in 1950; they have lost the ability to fly and are not afraid of cars so they just stay in the road until they feel like moving on

There is active lava in the bottom of the crater but visitors are not allowed close enough to actually see it although there is a glow at night; parts of Crater Rim Road  were closed after the 2018 eruption so it no longer circles the crater

There is active lava in the bottom of the crater but visitors are not allowed close enough to actually see it although there is a glow at night; parts of Crater Rim Road were closed after the 2018 eruption so it no longer circles the crater

The petroglyphs were in the middle of nowhere making me wonder how this spot was selected; on the coast near Kilauea it was hot, dry and very windy

The petroglyphs were in the middle of nowhere making me wonder how this spot was selected; on the coast near Kilauea it was hot, dry and very windy

The endangered nene is endemic to Hawaii and only found here; today there are only about 2500 left in the wild making it the world's rarest goose

The endangered nene is endemic to Hawaii and only found here; today there are only about 2500 left in the wild making it the world's rarest goose

The ohi'a lehua plant, a member of the myrtle family, is endemic to Hawaii and a pioneer species as one of the first to appear on new lava flows; recently a new fungus has been identified which causes rapid death to these plants

The ohi'a lehua plant, a member of the myrtle family, is endemic to Hawaii and a pioneer species as one of the first to appear on new lava flows; recently a new fungus has been identified which causes rapid death to these plants

Pink knotweed made for colorful ground cover around Kilauea but is an invasive species; it thrives in almost any soil but tends to spread where it wasn't invited

Pink knotweed made for colorful ground cover around Kilauea but is an invasive species; it thrives in almost any soil but tends to spread where it wasn't invited

Kilauea is actually several craters within a crater; we never could see all the way to the bottom where lava from the current eruption is contained

Kilauea is actually several craters within a crater; we never could see all the way to the bottom where lava from the current eruption is contained

We stayed in a cute cottage in the town of Volcano (adjacent to the park); at an elevation of 4000 ft (although only 10 miles from the Pacific) it was much cooler than Kona

We stayed in a cute cottage in the town of Volcano (adjacent to the park); at an elevation of 4000 ft (although only 10 miles from the Pacific) it was much cooler than Kona

I visited the park quickly during my 1993 trip and remember seeing the orange lava flows from Kilauea; visitors today can't see flowing lava since the last active flow ended in 2018

I visited the park quickly during my 1993 trip and remember seeing the orange lava flows from Kilauea; visitors today can't see flowing lava since the last active flow ended in 2018

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