Monday, April 11, 2011

Hawaiian Volcanos

Hawaii has a lot of volcanoes and my family and I went to one of the most active volcano, Kīlauea (kiːlɑːuːˈeɪə).  A volcano is a place where smoke, gases, and black hot rocks from deep underground erupt onto the earths surface. The largest volcanoes of the five from the chain of Hawaii are Kilauea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.  They have erupted in the past 200 years.  Kīlauea is still erupting and just erupted March 6, 2011 from the Pu`u `Ō `ō crater. To get current eruption information, you can go to . We visited the park museum and took photographs of a television screen showing the the recent eruption.

This photo we took of the volcano near the park museum

walking through the rain forest.
 After visiting the museum we went on a 4 mile hike to the Kilauea Iki crater. To get to the crater, we walked through a rain forest.  Since we didn't know that it rains all the time at the volcano we got all soaking wet.   The rain forest led to the volcano crater.  A crater is a large hole that lava fills and makes a lava lake.  After some time, the lava flows out of the lake through the lava tubes and into the ocean.   

Sulfur gas rising from a steam vent.  Sulfur gas is not good for you, so we didn't stay too long next to it.

Kilauea Iki Crater

Next, we went through a wet and spooky lava tube.  Lava tubes are ways through which lava travels underground from the volcano to the ocean.

Have you ever been to a volcano?

Do you like to explore new places?

Where have you been?


  1. Dear Miriam,
    Great post, You seen many different things as volcanos, rain forest and was eating all different fruits. You are a good photographer, all your pictures are great.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya

  2. Dear Miriam,

    Wow how awesome you and your family got to see a active volcano.

    I would like to know if you were scared? Because if I had to travel to see an active volcano I would a bit scared.

    Walking through the rain forest would be great. Last year I went to the Otway fly and it is rain forest too and I loved it.

    From your blogging pal,

  3. Dear Miriam,

    Great post once again. What a wonderful and interesting place you and your family went to visit.

    I must say looking at you photograhps you sure were pretty close to that active volcano.

    I loved the fact that you walked through a rain forest. Did you get to see any rain forest animals?
    I know when BB and I went to the rain forest last year we did see a lot of birds.

    Keep up the great work Miriam.
    From your blogging pal,

  4. Dear Miriam
    What a great holiday your family had.

    In New Zealand we have quite a number of extinct volcanoes and several active volcanoes. I think the last eruption from Mt Ruapehu, in the North Island, was in 2007. Thankfully it is a long way from where we live!

    Do you have any active volcanoes in California or other states close by?

    from Mrs McKenzie

  5. Aloha Miriam,
    Great writing and beautiful pictures of the Big Island. Pele, the goddess of fire, certainly put on a wonderful show for you and your family.
    I'm glad you are enjoying the islands.
    Mrs. Jacobs

  6. Dear Miriam,

    My name is Jessica Brown and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I noticed your comment on our class blog.

    I really enjoyed your blog. You have beautiful pictures and interesting topics. Thank you for sharing your blog with my class.

    If you would like to, you are welcome to visit my blog anytime. You may enjoy my project 15 book trailer. I would love to have your opinion!

    Jessica Brown
    EDM310 Student
    University of South Alabama

  7. Hi Miriam,
    I'm in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. Thanks for leaving us a comment! It looks like you got to see lots of interesting things on your vacation. I'm really glad you left a link to your blog in your comments I love to travel and learn about new places. What is one place you would suggest to someone who was planning to visit Hawaii?

    Best Wishes on your blogging adventure,

  8. @BB,

    Nice comment! I wasn't scared because the crater we walked on was not erupting. If it was erupting I would have been really scared.

    Where is Otway fly?

    Did you get all wet when you walked through Otway fly?

    From your blogging buddy,

  9. Dear Miriam,

    I found your blog post on your trip to Hawaii fascinating and your pictures wonderful. The pictures brought back memories of my trip to the Island of Hawaii about six years ago. We went just before Christmas. It was very cold that year. My wife was so cold that she wanted to move from the cabin we had in the town of Volcano to Hilo. The weather was better there. But we did tour many of the same places that you visited. We did not go through the rain forest, however. I wonder if it was an ice forest that winter.

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my EDM310 Class Blog. I am teaching young men and women who want to be teachers. I want them to use blogs in their classrooms. Your blog is certainly an excellent model!

    Thank you very much.

    Dr. John Strange
    University of South Alabama

  10. Dear Miriam,

    My name is Tiffany Blanton and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking EDM310 under the instruction of Dr. Strange. I saw your comment on the class blog.

    I find it truly amazing that you have the opportunity to have your own blog for Ms. Yollis' class. I also find it amazing to see that you and your family went to see an active volcano. Wow!! Your pictures are very good and it looks like that everyone had a great time. I would absolutely love to walk through a rain forest. I have always wanted to travel so some day maybe I will get the chance. Keep exploring and I will keep checking back in to see all the great places you get to visit. If you would like to view my blog here is a link to it as well as the class blog..visit my blogand check out theedm class blog

  11. Dear Miriam,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Congratulations on being one of the students who gets to have their own blog page! Your blog is really interesting and I loved getting to read some of your posts for my EDM310 assignment.

    I thought you did a great job telling about your trip to Hawaii. Was this your first time visiting there? Your talk got me interested in finding out a little more about the volcanoes in Hawaii and a went to to find out more. Did you know that Kīlauea has been continuously erupting since 1983?! Anyway, I liked how you included pictures and links to go along with your post. This really shows that you care about your work.

    To answer your questions from the bottom of the post: I have never been to a volcano, but would love to go! I love to explore new places, but I do not get to explore as much as I would like. The only places that I have really been are New York (which was amazing) and Tennessee (which I love!). Thanks for letting me read and comment on your post! A summary of your post, along with my comments, will be available on my blog. Good luck in the rest of your schooling!

    Thanks again,

  12. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s class. I have never been to Hawaii or a volcano. I love to explore new places to learn new and exciting stuff. I have been to other states and even countries. I have been to Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington. I grew up in Texas. I have lived in California, Illinois, and Alabama right now. I have also been to the following countries. Went on my honeymoon to the Bahamas. The Navy sent me to the following countries; Greece, Djibouti, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq. I have enjoyed going to all the places I just listed. The world that I have seen in a great one. I'm glad you wrote about Volcanoes because I have never seen one.

  13. Hi Miriam,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I am sad to say that you are my last C4K. I have enjoyed this part of my class very much.
    I found your pictures about Hawaii VERY interesting. One of my best friends lives there right now and I always enjoy looking at her pictures. I love to visit new places. I do love to explore new places. I've recently been to Nashville, Tennessee. I hope to one day to travel to Italy.
    I have also never been to a volcano. I best it was an exciting experience!

    Keep up the good work on your blog!


  14. Dear Dr. Strange,

    Thank you for leaving a wonderful comment! I am glad you liked my post. It was really nice to receive comments from some of your students and I enjoyed visiting their student blogs as well. I am very lucky to have a teacher that blogs and that taught me how to blog. I hope that some day your students will also use technology in their classrooms.

    I hope you visit again! I will have some other posts on my trip to Hawaii.



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