Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

By: Trey Stinnett

Imagine seeing lava erupt from a volcano. You can see just that at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a unique park located on the island of Hawaii.

“Do you know when, why, and who founded Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?” Lorrin Thurston and Thomas A. Jagger are the founders of the park. The park was founded to preserve the natural setting of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, active volcanoes. On August 1, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the country’s 13th national park into existence. Since the park was founded many people have enjoyed its beauties.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is unique for several reasons including its animals and natural wonders. Two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, make the park unique. You will find birds, carnivorous caterpillars, the largest dragonfly in the U.S., crickets, endangered sea turtles, and bats, inside the park. The natural wonder in the park is the active Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes. Clearly, this park is unique for its amazing sights.

Although Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on an island, it still gets many visitors on its multiple acres. The park gets approximately 1.6 million visitors each year. Inside the park, there are 333,086 acres. The park is located on the island of Hawaii between Hilo and Kailua-Kona. This capacious park is a reason why many tourists visit Hawaii.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Myth

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The reason I think these two active volcanoes are still active is because water from the ocean goes underground through the park pipes to the volcano. When the water reaches the volcano it burst through another pipe going up the volcano. The pipe inside the volcano has little holes inside of it so when water goes so fast through it picks up lava and spits it back into the ocean to create land. Then the water mixed in the lava goes back to the ocean to repeat the cycle over again. At the moment you reading this Hawaii is getting bigger. This is why I think Kilauea and Mauna Loa are active.