I tend to talk about the places that we have visited when they surface in the national news. I never realize how many places that we have had the opportunity to visit in such a short period of time until I look back at the blog posts from my past and realize that I have only talked about Hawaii a few times. My favorite spot of all the islands is Hilo on the Big Island. It’s a bit more small town, even though it is the biggest city on the island and the residents certainly have island speed down. Things happen there, just not in too much of a hurry.
The Big Island is an exciting place. If it’s not enough to have to worry about the possibility of a Kīlauea going off and your home being covered in molten lava, they also have tropical storms, tidal waves and tsunami’s to worry about. But that’s really nothing for Pele to be concerned about. We’ve had the oporunity to travel up the mountain to the Volcano craters to see the plumes of steam rising up from the depths below the surface.
At Volcano National Park, situated up the mountain about 30 miles from downtown Hilo, you can learn all about the historical significance and the future potential of explosions.
We’ve never had the opportunity to hike all the way to the flowing hot lava river at the end of Highway 130 at Kalapana. There is also an amazing looking hike across the crater bed that looked killer. We ended up visiting the Jagger Museum, the Visitors Center, the Lava Tubes and the overlook area for the Mauna Ulu Trail.
But, what does the Volcano National Park have to do with Tropical Storm Flossie? Location, location, location. As all the national weather channels rush to get their anchors to scoop the latest story. Out across the vast Pacific Ocean, through the wind and rain, I hope that our friends who live on the Big Island in Hilo are safe and the storm blows itself out well before it ever hits the Hawaiin Islands.