Volcanoes

Lava, Kilauea
Lava, Kilauea
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Kilauea

According to legend, Hawaii's Big Island is the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, which is precisely where you'll find Kilauea, the world's most active volcano. Part of the Volcanoes National Park, there are more than 150 miles of trails perfect for hiking, backpacking and camping, alongside petroglyphs and the Thurston Lava Tube, also known as "Nahuku".

Haleakala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa

Mauna Kea Sunrise
Mauna Kea Sunrise
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Mauna Loa measures 13,677 feet high while Mauna Kea is 13,796 feet high, qualifying it as the world's highest mountain measured from the ocean floor. Far removed from the city lights, Mauna Kea is one of the clearest, driest and pitch-black spots on Earth making it the best place to see planets, stars and nebulas. Indeed, such is its reputation that it boasts the the largest collection of telescopes on earth.

As the world's largest dormant volcano rising 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala's landscape looks a lot like the moon! You'll have to be up extra early to see the sunrise, but once at the crater's summit all that effort will have been worthwhile. Gazing down on a rainbow of colors as the sun peeks through the clouds is a spiritual and breathtaking experience not to be missed.