Lava Tree State Park

Hundreds of years ago, a lava flow engulfed a stand of ‘O’hia trees on this site. The lava surrounded the trees, burned them out and left vertical, hollow, lava tubes where each tree once stood. Nice trails go throughout the park and you would be smart to stay on them as the ground has numerous cracks and fissures, some seen and some hidden.

You can see the impression left by the bark inside some of the lava tubes. Enormous Monkey Pod trees are also inside the park while some of the giant specimens have recently been cut down. It does allow for more light inside the park. No cost to go inside. Located in the Puna District on HWY 132.

Lava Tree

Lava Tree 1

Lava Tree Bark

It’s a nice, slow walk around the park and worth your time if you are in the area.

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on August 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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