The majestic Mount Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is a shield volcano which began erupting in 1983 and hasn’t stopped Wilton Manors Wildlife Removal. Located in the famed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea’s current on-going eruption draws its lava from 60 km in the ground, through the volcano’s own internal plumbing system. The fiery molten ooze explodes in the tip of the volcanic cone (called”Pu’u’O’o” meaning”high point on the skyline”) and cascades 11 km down the volcanic surface (or”Pulama Pali”) to the Pacific Ocean. This stunning picture of black stone surface, orange flame, rollicking sea waves, and the smoky volcanic fog that surrounds this natural wonder is a complete must-see for anybody who visits the Big Island.
Mount Kilauea’s first known eruption was about 300,000 to 600,000 years ago; and besides the eruption that began in 1983, it’s shrunk 34 times since 1952; those eruptions add about 40 acres of new land each year, describing the moniker”Big Island,” which if measured from the ocean floor is greater than Mount Everest. Hawaiian folklore is replete with stories of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, volcanoes, violence, lightning, and dancing, who resides at Mount Kilauea (and was, incidentally, throw as a villainess in DC Comics’ 1990s name,”Superboy”). Legend has it that because of a familial squabbles in a home with more 15 siblings, Pele escaped from her house in Kuaihelani and arrived at the Big Island’s Mauna Loa. Endowed with wonderful powers from the Fire God, Lono-makua, Pele was famous for her profound love and anger towards her family and her many love affairs, also oftentimes marked by anger: a lot of the young mortals she seduced weren’t lucky enough to escape the fistfuls of molten lava she hurled at them through her fits of jealousy and anger.
Even after the old faith was abolished in 1823 from the missionary, Reverend Ellis, locals continued to worship and pay homage to the goddess Pele, making offerings of flowers, fruit, and fish to soothe her fury and to thank her for her generosity in enlarging the terrific land of Hawaii with her perennial eruptions. It’s thought that the perennial lava flow from Kilauea can pave a street three times round the earth!
Ground tours offer travelers an opportunity to really walk alongside the vents of Kilauea and also learn a little bit of the volcano’s history.