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The Hawaiian Archipelago is well regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the world, and for good reason. From the sheer cliffs and deep chasms of Kauai to the fiery flanks of the Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii is nothing short of spectacular. Indeed, its diversity of natural wonders is equally matched by…

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Lava Flow and Pahoa Town

Nearly 31 years ago, the Big Island of Hawaii changed entirely. The Pu’u O’o Vent, now a significant part of the complex plumbing system that defines the Kilauea Volcano, was born under fire on the evening of January 3, 1983. The flows that followed violently forced their way to the surface in a long and…

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Birth of Pu`u O`o and the Loss of Kalapana

As lava approaches Pahoa-town for the second time in as many months, Eric Leifer looks back at other communities which faced a similar threat from Kilauea volcano. The Big Island of Hawaii is a place of ancient myths and old legends, of powerful spirits and clashing gods, of great heros and evil demons. For the…

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