Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

Lava, Lava Everywhere

Lava, Lava Everywhere If your reaction to flying into the Kona International Airport for the first time was, “We just landed on the moon,” you are not alone. The vast fields of brown and black lava one sees from an airplane window look quite a bit like what we’d expect of a lunar landscape. Stretching from mauka to makai all along the Kona-Kohala Coast, they are a stark and magnificent sight that not even those who have traveled far and wide are likely to have seen before. Born of the molten issue from Hawai`i Island’s family of five volcanoes — Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai, Kīlauea, and the

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A Language All Their Own

A Language All Their Own Volcanoes have their own language and here in Hawai`i, even their own goddess. Visitors are sure to hear stories of Pele, the fire goddess of volcanoes; discover the difference between ‘a‘ā (sharp, brown) and pāhoehoe (smooth, black) lava; drive past cinder cones and pu‘u formations; and view spatter ramparts, lava tubes and caves, and crustal overturnings by the side of the highway. Why so much variation in the look and texture of our lava fields? “All Hawaiian lava is black when it first cools but may turn more brownish as the iron in the lava oxidizes with rain and time,”

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King’s Trail

King’s Trail Also running through the lava fields of Waikoloa Beach Resort is Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, which includes a section often referred to as the King’s Trail, which at one point linked communities, temples, fishing areas, and other important locations on Hawai`i Island. This was also the route the ali‘i of old traveled to visit their people for religious ceremonies and other ritual events. Running for 175 miles from ‘Upolu Point near Hawi, through Kona, past South Point, and all the way to the eastern border of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Ala Kahakai National Historic

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