“In the beginning, the earth was formless and void.” The modern world is now far from being desolate. But wouldn’t it be nice to go back in time and see just how the earth looks like during its formative period? Hawaii Volcanoes National Park might provide a glimpse of what it may have been.
The park is actually the result of many years of the slow flow of lava from volcanic activity. Some experts believe that this volcanic activity was also how Hawaii came to be the island we know it today. In the park’s core are two of the world’s most active volcanoes – the Kilauea and the Mauna Loa. One might think that with these active volcanoes that plants and animals would find it difficult to survive within the area. But the park serves as the refuge for some of the island’s native plants and animals.
Park guides not only welcome visitors to this very unique destination but also work to promote visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the park and the natural occurrence that takes place within the area.
The island weather is somewhat unpredictable. Kilauea’s summit – with an elevation of 4000 feet is at times rainy and chilly. Visitors must wear layers of clothing to ensure comfort as they explore the park. Hiking boots and raingear are a must for visitors who wish to take on the trails.
The 1,348 square kilometers of park land encompasses some the most diverse environments – from the barren desserts to the lush tropical rainforests. About half of this area is surprisingly covered by wilderness where visitors can do their camping and hiking activities. It may not be the destination of choice for most visitors especially when you are in an island known for its pristine beaches and first class resorts – but a visit in this national park will never disappoint any adventure seeker.