If you’ve been asking yourself, how often does Kilauea erupt?, you’re in for a treat. Kilauea erupts constantly! As an active shield volcano, Kilauea is known for it’s frequent outpouring of lava.
The volcano is one of five that make up the big island of Hawaii. It’s considered to the the most active of all of it’s sister volcanoes.
Kilauea’s Eruption History
Kilauea’s first well-documented eruption happened in 1823. Since the, the volcano has been particularly active, spewing out lava repeatedly. According to geological records, Kilauea had many violent explosions prior to any European contact. In fact, one violent eruption in 1790 is said to have killed more than 80 warriors.
However, Kilauea’s most recent eruption began in January of 1983. Lasting more than 34 years so far, this eruption marks Kilauea’s longest period of activity.
Kilauea’s Surrounding Landscape
Because of Kilauea’s active nature, the surrounding landscape is unique. Volcanic sulfur dioxide often drifts in the air, causing acid rains and interrupting plant growth. Still, wildlife lives feely on other parts of the volcano.
Hawaiian Folklore about Kilauea
According to Hawaiian folklore, Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater is home to Pele, the goddess of fire, lightening, wind and volcanoes.
Pele is said to be pleasant when people respect her and her “body,” the volcano. However, legend says Pele gets upset when people take her rocks or disrespect her in any other way.
Luckily, the “punishment” for anyone who disrespects Pele is temporary: bad luck, fire and perhaps even a little lava until they return the rocks.
Most of Kilauea is made up of solidified lava flows. Volcanic ash and rock fragments also make up the surface of the shield volcano. Still, much of Kilauea remains underwater. It’s grown up from the seafloor over the years and it’s above-ground surface slopes gently.
Kilauea has a large caldera, or depression that occurs after large amounts of magma leave the chamber. The caldera covers about 2 square miles and is home to Halemaumau Crater!
How to See Kilauea
You can see Kilauea one of three ways. You can see the volcano from a variety of lookout spots at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Or, you can see Kilauea from the sea and catch a glimpse of the lava as it flows into the ocean.
But, the absolute best way to see Kilauea is from the air! Tropical Helicopters’ Doors-Off-Over-the-Volcano tour gives you a view of Kilauea that few ever get to see. There’s nothing like the feeling of soaring high over a massive volcano, taking in its size, shape and surroundings!
With our tour, you ditch the doors, feeling the crisp breeze as you fly around the volcano to see it from a variety of angles. You may even be able to feel the heat from the lava from your helicopter seat!
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