David and I spent a few days in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii back in 2011. We had a wonderful time flying by helicopter over the town as well as the volcano.
Here’s our helicopter:
The pilot is on the right:
Pu’u O’o crater was simmering when we were there:
The Big Island is 600,000 years old and is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain. The oldest island is Kauai, which is 14 million years old. This is part of the Big Island. The lava here has hardened:
This is Kamehameha School (blue roofs). It was founded by Hawaiian royalty to benefit the children of Hawaiian ancestry:
This is the University of Hawaii at Hilo (red roofs):
Currently, Puna of the Big Island is being overrun by lava from the erupting volcano. People in the area have left their homes. The lava has not approached Hilo.
I am so glad we on Oahu don’t have to worry about lava, because the volcanos on our island are extinct. They will never erupt again.