Additional photos from passing, ascending and traversing Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa at various altitudes.
Halemaumau (house of eternal fire) boiled with lava from 1823 to 1924, when contact between magma and groundwater set off a chain reaction of massive steam explosions. 1000m high ash clouds rained mud, flashed lightning, hurled an 8000kg boulder 300m and doubled the width of the crater to 800m. Nearly a dozen eruptions since 1924 have continued to transform the crater, and a 2008 explosion welcomed a new era of lava activity that still churns today.
Also after dark I got a creepy photo of the lava-lit smoke and a disembodied man’s head.
A few pre-snorkel and pre-scuba skies.
Boats big and small are fun for all. Shore diving next week and hoping to see some tiger sharks.