Saturday, December 10, 2011
Fire, Earth, Water: New Real Estate on the Big Island
Since the Pu'u O'o began spewing melted rock more than two decades ago from the east rift of the Kilauea Volcano, hundreds of new acres of land have been formed at the edge of the Pacific. It's still too early to buy timeshares. But thousands of visitors each week make the drive down from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the towering plume of noxious gas that forms when the molten lava meets seawater.
Visitors can also come out at night to see the flowing red rivers of rock. Viewing sites vary with the whims of the lava. On several occasions, some of this new land is highly speculative, including a recent event when some 40 acres of lava bluff cracked off and fell into the ocean.
Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer has the details and contact information.