Hawai`i Island, HI 1988

Trans World Airlines, OMA-STL, then STL-HNL on a Boeing 747 (first and last time, steerage class seating, big w00t) then Aloha Air 737 HNL-Hilo. Four nights at the Volcano House, on the crater rim. For a volcano freak and geology student like myself, watching the fog clear the summit of Kīlauea that first night was a defining moment in my life.

Five foot wifey, seven foot lava tree

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One of the vents of the 1974 eruption

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Halema`uma`u crater (this observation area has since been destroyed by Madame Pele)

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Keanakakoi Crater

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1969-1974 lava flows

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road cut

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Pu`u `O`o from Hirano store, Glenwood, HI

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Freefalling down Chain Of Craters Road, and the first view of the lava entry site

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Poor trees in the foreground…hydrochloric acid will do that…

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Acid-rain showers moving inland

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Inside the Waha`ula visitor center, now burned and buried

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Lava entry at night

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Author: Damon Hynes

Used to chase tornadoes, until Ma Nature ran out of them...

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