Kalapana Lava Beds


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii


Kalapana Lava Beds

Off Highway 137, Near Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
The Kalapana Lava Beds are part of the ever-growing newly settled part of the Big Island of Hawaii. These fields are the remains of lava flows that devestated the Puna district area in 1990. Lava is a molten rock that is expelled from a volcano during an eruption. In this case, when in 1990 Kilauea exploded from the Pu’u ‘O’o vent, it destroyed most of the Kalapana Gardens and the nearby Royal Gardens subdivision which you would see today in these pictures had the lava not flowed over them nearly destroying all habitation in the area. When lava is formed in the interior of the Earth, it erupts from a volcanic vent, and is a flowing, growing, expanding molten liquid at temperatures from 700 C to 1,200 C (1,300 F to 2,200 F). Lava is viscous and 100,000 times the viscosity of water making it able to flow great distances before cooling and solidifying, because of both its thixotropic and shear thinning properties. This outpouring of lava, once it begins to solidify, such as when it hits the ocean such as in this instance, solidifies to form igneous rock. Not only was Kalapana destroyed, but also the nearly towns of Kaimu and Kaimu Bay which are currently buried beneath more than 50 feet of lava and is one of Hawaii’s youngest newest coastlines. The place is amazing and definitely not to missed on your trip to the Big Island. Such a strange and overwhelming experience to be standing on a beach and coastline that you may very well be older than. 5 stars out of 5.


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Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

 


Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii



Kalapana Lava Flows, Big Island, Hawaii

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