Hawaii is a state that was literally built on the foundation of volcanoes, and of the ones that are currently active, the Kilauea volcano is the most active of all. Because of how much lava pours from its depths, the volcano was named “Kilauea”, which means means “spewing” or “much spreading” in Hawaiian.
Now, people can finally see why it earned its name.
Native Hawaiian mythology writes that the crater of the Kilauea volcano served as the home for Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes, which makes perfect sense considering how volatile and active the volcano has been throughout the years.
Because this particular volcano is so incredibly active, plant life in the area is greatly interrupted thanks to the massive outpouring of ash, sulfur, and subsequent acid rains. But even though the plants have a hard time living, the animals do not.
These natural occurrences hold so much power inside of them, and seeing it firsthand just shows how incredible and diverse our planet really is.
Take a look!
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