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The Big Island. Plantation of Orchids and Active Kilauea Volcano

Nefer • 4 minutes read • August 30th, 2016
Let's start with some of nature's beauty. Orchids are incredibly beautiful and unusual flowers! They are very different, even a little bit strange. Before going to the volcano, we stopped at the plantation, where you can look at orchids and buy them.
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I did know each specific breed, so I'll just show you pictures. If there are experts among you, please, write some of the names down :) 
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I took a picture of the inscription of one of the orchids.
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We then went to the Thomas Jagger Museum of Volcanology. There is an observation deck where visitors can watch the eruption of the Halemaumau Crater!
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And here's the volcano itself. During the day, you can only see steam, but we returned here in the evening.
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Hawaii is the largest island of all the Hawaiian Islands. To avoid confusion, it is often called the Big Island. It is of volcanic origin and consists of five shield volcanoes. You can see them below, from the oldest to the youngest one: Kohala (dormant), Mauna Kea (sleeping), 

Hualalai

(active, but currently, it doesn't erupt), 

Mauna Loa

(partially active), Kilauea (has erupted continuously since 1983, it is part of the 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

).
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This region has incredibly active volcanoes. There are many steaming holes. The landscape resembles Iceland!
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There is a road around the volcano, along which you can drive and enjoy the panoramic view of the caldera of Kilauea. However, it had started to get dark during our trip, so the photos did not come out very well. At the bottom, there was a lava lake that had not thickened yet. The rain was drizzling and we were able to see water seeping into the cracks and turning into steam.
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The next stop of our trip was a visit to an underground tunnel, Thurston Lava Tube. Lava used to flow through it! The trail runs through the jungle, it's a little scary there at dusk.
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We walked through this tube and got out on the other side. It was very impressive!
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Night view of the erupting volcano became a worthy end of the day!!!
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After that, we went to the island of Oahu. This was an amazing adventure!  
Author: Nefer
Source: neferjournal.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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