Kilauea steam vent on the Big Island
Traveling through lava fields creates a dramatic impression, as does this Kilauea steam vent. On the Big Island, there are miles and miles of nothing but devastation. Where the event occurred well in the past, there will be some signs of life, but at the very least, it takes decades for a lava flow to revegetate.
Here’s a sobering statistic from the National Park Service website about what has happened on the Big Island. “Since 1983, about 500 acres of new land has been added to the island. In addition to 181 homes, the Wahaula visitors center, the Royal Gardens Community Center, the Mauna Kea Congregational Church, and the Kalapana Drive-in have been destroyed.”