Life Amongst the Devastation


In 1959 a volcanic eruption occurred that created Pu’u Pua’i, a cinder cone on the rim of the Kīlauea Iki crater in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The pit of the crater became a superheated sea of lava.

Kilauea Iki filling with lava in 1959 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii

Kilauea Iki filling with lava in 1959 (Photo Source: United States Geological Survey)

Today you can hike along the floor of the Kīlauea Iki crater. Although when you enter the trail you start down into the crater by walking through relatively lush forest you are soon surrounded by the devastation a volcano can unleash. Once you reach the floor of the crater it is almost like being on the moon!

Looking out upon the Kīlauea Iki Crater floor Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Looking out upon the Kīlauea Iki Crater floor

Kīlauea Iki Crater in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Iki Crater floor

Kīlauea Iki Crater in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

This place was once a sea of lava

Despite the devastation you soon notice this place is far from dead. Take a look in the cracks of the lava flow and you will soon discover that even in the most desolate place mother nature rises above the odds. 

plant growing in the lava flow Kīlauea Iki Crater in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Life!

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2 thoughts on “Life Amongst the Devastation

  1. Outstanding Deano! I got an eerie feeling just looking at the photos, actually being on the floor of the volcano must be awesome! Nature will always find a balance, that is unless humans get in the way, so what looks like a Boston fern growing in the lava on Hawaii is no surprise but wonderful!!

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