Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Chain of Craters Road

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chain of craters road

I can't say I've ever seen a rainbow that formed a complete arch from one end of land to the other. I suppose it could have something to do with the latitude and being located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, though. I mean, haven't all the rainbows you've seen sort of formed in the sky on one end and the bottom was on land?

holei sea arch

Near the end of the Chain of Craters Road is this impressive arch. It's called the Holei Sea Arch and it stands 90-feet tall. Eventually, it will collapse as waves continue to erode the arch. New land created by lava flows sometimes break off and fall away into the sea.

chain of craters road

All along Chain of Craters Road are markers indicating the year of lava flow, which has crossed the road several times. This is the Kealakomo overlook near the hairpin turn in the road. You can see the steam rising. Part of this road is almost impossible to navigate due to steam, sulfur and moisture blanketing the road. Everywhere you look it's gray, and you can't see two feet in front of you. And chilly.

chain of craters road

Along the ocean at the bottom of the Chain of Craters Road is a portion of land that appears to have been spared from the lava flows. A cluster of palm trees line the shore. Although, I don't know if this is an area where I would want to build a house, if you know what I mean, jelly bean.

petroglyph chain of craters road

At another viewing area are the petroglyphs, carvings into the lava rock by ancient Hawaiians. The various drawings at Pu'u Loa depict life on the island and consist of circles, which are supposedly the burial grounds for newborn umbilical chords, and stick-like figures of people, canoes, food. About a mile off the road is a man-made boardwalk, which provides a viewing area for visitors to walk around the petroglyphs.

end of chain of craters road

Here is the end of the Chain of Craters Road. The last lava flow from 2003 completely covered the road and sealed it off. You can walk another 1/2 mile or so on top of the lava bed, but the land is unstable from that point forward. On the other side is another road accessible further up in the park where sometimes you can see hot lava, but it wasn't flowing for us. What I find amazing is how quickly vegetation will grow in the lava. Well, it's how Hawaii was formed.

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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Elizabeth, absolutely beautiful pictures and it looks like you are having a ball in Hawaii!

Dec 28, 2010 04:58 AM #1
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Elizabeth ... Thanks for sharing your local travel post and photos from Chain of Craters Road at Hawaii Volcanos National Park, which is indeed one of the beautiful and interesting places to visit.  Best wishes.

Dec 28, 2010 05:00 AM #2
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Elizabeth - Thanks for sharing your pics. It shows how strong you are holding up a rainbow oh my....

I love to see how nature has taken it's coarse and Hawaii is a great area to show that.

Enjoy you time.

Dec 28, 2010 05:11 AM #3
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

NIce pictures Elizabeth.  I guess Hawaii is the only state that is actually adding real estate, not that I would want to build a house on it either.

Dec 28, 2010 07:45 AM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Russell: There is so much to explore on the island of Hawaii and just not enough time to do it.

Hi Harrison: My husband has one of these passport thingies that looks like a real passport except it's strictly for national parks. Every time we visit a national park, he gets it stamped and buys little stickers for it.

Hi Ken: Ha, ha, yup, that's me all right, holding up the rainbow.

Hi Jim: Yeah, it is adding real estate, plus there is a new island being born right next to the Big Island.

Dec 29, 2010 02:24 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

When I look at some of the photos you have taken, and especially these in this particular blog, it feels like I was there yesterday. . .The petroglyphs and the lava flow on the road.  And the rainbows are almost everywhere!  I'm so glad you are getting to experience this!

Dec 29, 2010 03:29 AM #6
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I love all of your photos. I especially like the rainbow. Hope you are having a blast!

Dec 29, 2010 03:22 PM #7
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