As you all know by my name, I’m in Kona, Hawaii. The Big Island. It’s the youngest island in the chain at 800,000 years and still growing. It’s currently over the “hotspot” which remains stationary as it builds islands which then grow and eventually drift off in a northwesterly direction and eventually sink. Hawaii is technically part of the same chain as Kure atoll, Midway and the French Frigate shoals, all of which were once over our hotspot. We currently have two active eruption sites at the phenomenal Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. One is at the lava lake of the summit caldera, known as Halemaumau. You can stay in a room at the crater’s esge or go have a drink in the restaurant and watch the glow. The other eruption site is from the Puuoo vent (Puu oo means “home of the o’o bird”)… You can hike to these flows, which are currently outside the park but have in the recent past, have flowed inside the park. We are home to five volcanoes, three of which are considered active. The Big Island is so large all the other islands of Hawaii can fit in its boundaries with room to spare.
Our two largest volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are about the same height–14,000K and you can drive to the top of both (but a guided tour is recommended to Mauna Kea.) Due to the excellent atmospheric conditions, 13 world class observatories are perched here and are administered by universities and space agencies from around the globe.
We have 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones. You can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon if you are intrepid enough.
There are not enough adjectives to describe the Big Island. It’s truly the land of superlatives, of fire and ice, of adventure and beauty.
There. I will stop now.