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The Not-So-Obvious Tourist Destination in Hawaii

Many people think that Hawaii is all about beaches and luaus.  While these two are exciting in their own right there is one natural item that is often forgotten – the volcano.  Not all the volcanoes in Hawaii are active.  Some of them are while some lay dormant, allowing tourists and locals to hike one of them.  In either case, these are three of the most popular volcanoes in Hawaii that can be seen up close or as far as away as comfortable.  Come see them to believe them.

  1. Kilauea – It is an explosive volcano located on the Big Island.  It continuously erupts and has been since 1983 (don’t worry the lava won’t spread to major parts of the city).  It is a site to see from a distance because it puts out an aerial display that has to be seen live in order to believe it. The active volcano here makes for wonderful tours.
  2. Halekala – Located in Maui, this volcano rises above the clouds.  It is a day trek to the peak of the volcano. Translated as “house of the sun”, this volcano has literally thousands of visitors to it each year.  They can hike, climb, bike, or even take a jog up and down the volcano.  It is also a great place to catch the sunrise and sunset here.  It is so popular that they created a national park around it. Going here is on many people’s dream sheets. On the volcano itself tourists can view tropical areas that include things like waterfalls and streams.
  3. Leahi (Diamond Head) – This is a fantastic scene up close.  This crater is a landmark in Hawaii (located in Oahu).  It has formed in a course of over 100,000 years and was responsible for building up Oahu the way it is today. It is an inactive volcano, but today tourists can hike it and look down into the crater.  It’s a pretty amazing site with a lot of history behind it. Leahi lies on the shores of Oahu and if lucky, tourists can see perfect views of Waikiki, and the south shore.

Hawaii is filled with volcanoes.  Many of them are inactive but hold a lot of history behind them.  Volcanoes are synonymous with Hawaii, not beaches and luaus, though both are great to go for vacation.  Next time you are in Hawaii be sure to check out one of the many volcanoes. It will be an experience that you won’t forget.


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