Visitors flock to Hawaii to sample laid-back island life at its finest. With sea, sand and surf aplenty, the attractions here are obvious. But make no mistake: there is trouble in paradise. Hawaii’s active volcanoes are a constant hazard.
Take Kilauea, for instance. This is an awe-inspiring sight, for sure. But it’s also classified as the most dangerous volcano in the United States and those planning a trip to the Big Island are advised to always exercise caution. Kilauea has been erupting since 1983 and no-one knows when it might next blow its top. Factor in Hawaii’s other active volcanoes — including Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Mauna Kea — and it’s clear that this is a perilous place indeed.
Spotted a fresh lava flow? Don’t get too close, wear proper shoes and always stick to the designated paths. Recently-cooled lava fields can collapse into the ocean without warning and for those who take chances with Hawaii’s volcanoes, the consequences can be dire.