The Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are located on the American Pacific island of Hawaii.
On the coast, the climate is warm and humid, whereas in the more elevated regions of the volcanoes, the temperatures can reach freezing point. The fertile volcanic earth, added to the high humidity of the Passat Winds, create dense jungle areas. As the climatic conditions are ideal for plant life, the region that borders the northeastern side of the Kilauea Volcano is home of several unique Hawaiian plants.
In the shade of the Kilauea and its giant crater, the Caldera, there’s a proliferation of numerous plants that are only to be found on this group of islands. The dark desert of volcanic rock extends southwest of the crater, and to serve as a reminder of Kilauea’s relatively young age, steam rises from below the ground. This is the location of the most active volcano in the world. However, unlike the volcanoes of other continents, those in Hawaii are considered to be benign.
Entire villages have been engulfed by the lava of Kilauea but new land and new life have been created on this intriguing and exotic island.