This post continues details of our two-day circular driving tour of the island of Hawaii, which we began on our ninth day in Hawaii (May 25th). Our first stop was at South Point. Our next three stops were in the towns of Waiohinu and Naalehu. Our fifth stop was at Punalu’u Beach Park, near the town of Pahala. All five of these stops were in the South Island region. Our sixth stop was at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our seventh stop of the day was at Lava Tree State Park, located in the Puna region near the town of Pahoa.
It was very important to stay on the park’s trail because dangerous cracks in the earth such as this are also covered by vegetation!
According to the Instant Hawaii website, the lava trees shown below, of which there are many more in the park, “were created in a 1790 lava flow. The flow entered the area and buried the ‘Ōhi’a Trees up to 11 ft deep in molten lava. Trees that were surrounded by the molten lava cooled the lava that coated them, while the heat of the lava caused the tree to burn to ash. When nearby fissures opened and allowed the molten lava to drain away the slightly cooler lava that surrounded the trees were already starting to harden and remained above ground.”
The lava trees were an interesting sight; however, I was equally enthralled by the inhabitants of one of the lava trees.
Next stop – Isaac Hale Park