Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park: Chain of Craters

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Chain of Craters Road is a 19-mile road through the East Rift and coastal area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii.

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Our tour stopped at the Lua Manu crater on this drive. It is the first crater on the Chain of Craters Road and was formed when, about 200 years ago, the lava beneath it drained leaving an empty chamber. The surface collapsed into the chamber, forming a 125 foot deep pit.

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We walked around on the surrounding lava fields, marveling at the plants growing right up out of the rocks and taking photos by interesting formations.

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