The recent news stories about the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island brought back memories of a trip I made there back in 1992.
“Come and see a volcano”, said Greg Ward, volcano fan and author of the Rough Guide to Hawaii. He neglected to mention that it was still erupting. Turns out that Kilauea volcano had already been doing just that since 1983, and that the islanders had learned to live with their roads, forests and villages being threatened periodically by lava flows.
“We’ll go on a hike”, said Greg. Again, neglecting to mention the whole lava-flowing thing. To be fair, it’s an extraordinary thing – to hike on trails around one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Volcanoes National Park website is the place to check out the details.
Anyway, I was struck by how similar are the pictures I took to those that have been accompanying the recent coverage. The textures in particular are remarkable. And here we are, 20-odd years later, lava still flowing, roads still cut off, and the people of Hawaii still very much just getting on with things.