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January 18, 2012

Back to Big Island Tours

This will be an informal and leisurely day of
sight-seeing and camaraderie.  We will organize the trip according to interest and all chip into
costs of transportation and park admission.


Schedule  (Tentative)

   9;30 am – Depart from Conference Headquarters

 12:00 pm – Lunch along the way

   1:30 pm Arrive at Volcanoes National Park

                   Possible activities for group to decide:

                  Enjoy Visitor Center and watch                  
                  "Born of Fire, Born of the Sea" the  
                  featured 25 minute film

                   Visit Jagger Museum of
                   Volcanology on the edge of Kilauea
                   Caldera.  Visitors may enjoy spectacular
                   views of the caldera and the main crater
                   Halema`uma`u from this view point.

                  Explore the summit of Kilauea Volcano
                  via Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile road
                  that encircles the summit caldera,
                  passes through desert, lush tropical  
                  rain forest, traverses the caldera floor,
                  and provides access to well-marked
                  scenic stops and short walks.

   5:00 pm – Leave park

   6:30 pm Arrive back at Conference Headquarters


Please read the following important information:

 1. We strongly advise that you visit the Volcanoes National Park website to familiarize yourself with the park and the safety and health warnings.  http://www.nps.gov/havo/   - under “Plan your visit” be sure to click on “safety”.

 2. Island weather is unpredictable. Visitors should be prepared for rain and wear layers of clothing to ensure their comfort while exploring the park.  You should bring a light jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Local weather at Kilauea's summit (4000' elevation) varies daily and may be rainy and chilly any time of the year. Temperature varies by elevation. At the summit of the volcano, temperatures may be 12 to 15 degrees cooler than at sea level. The coastal plain at the end of Chain of Craters Road, where lava crossed the road in 2003, is often hot, dry, and windy with the possibility of passing showers.

 3. Please keep in mind that weather conditions, volcanic activity, or excessive sulfur dioxide fumes could prevent us from taking the tour.  We will provide an alternative tour should this happen.

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Hawaii's volcanoes are considered relatively
safe compared to other explosive types in
other  parts of the world.

Chain of Craters Road

Kilauea Iki Crater

Lava Flow

Jagger Museum

This amazing National Park  established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years
of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the
sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Over half of the park is designated wilderness.
In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve
and a World Heritage Site.

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