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.
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!
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.