As I stroll to the rim round Kilauea Iki, the crater ground peeks at me by the rainforest foliage—a 400-foot-deep crater created by Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii’s most energetic volcano.
I began my day early within the morning, so the three.3-mile loop hike I scheduled is peaceable with solely an occasional passerby. As I make my approach inside Hawaii Volcanoes Nationwide Park, the solar warms the air of an in any other case chilly forest and morning dew.
The path leads me slowly to the crater ground of Kilauea Iki. It is a beautiful, well-maintained stroll, however I am intrigued for the primary attraction—and the occasional sightseeing among the many timber is a giant tease.
Whereas Kilauea Volcano is Hawaii’s most energetic, it isn’t the smallest – that honor belongs to Kamehuekanaloa (previously Lohi), which is at present erupting underwater. A defend volcano that sits low and tall, Kilauea has a number of craters. Its most well-known is the Halemaumau Crater, which is understood for its crimson glowing lava lake.
However on the opposite aspect of Kilauea’s caldera, separated solely by a tree-covered ridge, is Kilauea Iki – which interprets to “Little Kilauea” in English. Whereas the crater is smaller than neighboring Halemoumau, it’s nonetheless a few mile extensive.
The final eruption at Kilauea Iki was in 1959, when a spectacular line of lava fountains 50 to 100 toes excessive shot into the air and despatched the lava down its crater partitions, the place it gathered.
“I see some fireworks that appear to be a person lighting a match on the 4th of July,” stated an eyewitness in a 1959 Honolulu Advertiser newspaper article. “Observers known as it ‘extra spectacular than something that occurred at Halemaumau’.”
After a few month, the eruption stopped and shaped this tough lava lake, which individuals can cross as we speak.