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Legend states that Kilauea is the home of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of fire. With fiery lava, she formed her Hawaiian Islands. It is said that Pele lives on in Kilauea and she still has a hot temper. If visitors take her lava, it is believed she will put a curse on them.

The Big Island is home to 5 volcanoes:
Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kilauea and Hualalai.


Mauna Kea Volcano
- Dormant
- Longtitude/Latitude - (19.82 N, 155.47 W)
- Elevation above sea level - 13,796 feet
- Hawaiian meaning - White Mountain
- Tallest of Hawaii's volcanoes, World's tallest island   mountain from sea floor to the summit at about   32,000   feet 
- Last eruption - 4500 years ago
- Likely to erupt again


Mauna Kea Volcano Photo
Mauna Loa Volcano
- Active
- Longtitude/Latitude - (19.5 N, 155.6 W)
- Elevation above sea level - 13,680 feet
- Hawaiian meaning - Long Mountain
- Second youngest and second most active Big Island   Volcano
- Extends over about half of the Big Island
- World's largest volcano, 56,000 feet from its base
  on the sea floor
- One of the most active volcanos, erupted 33 times 
  since 1843
- Last eruption - 1984
- Anticipated to certainly erupt again

Mauna Loa Volcano Photo
Kilauea Volcano
- Active
- Longtitude/Latittude - (19.425 N, 155.292 W)
- Elevation above sea level: 4,190 feet
- Hawaiian meaning - spewing or much spreading
- Youngest Big Island volcano, World's most active
  volcano
- Known as the home of Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano   Goddess
- Currently erupting, has been erupting since 1983
- No indications that eruption will end soon

Kilauea Volcano Fire Photo
Kohala Volcano
- Extinct
- Longtitude/Latitude - (20.08 N, 155.7 W)
- Elevation above sea level - 5,480 feet
- No literal Hawaiian translation of Kohala
- The oldest Big Island Volcano, more than 500,000
  years old
- Last eruption - about 120,000 years ago

Hualalai Volcano
- Dormant
- Longtitude/Latitude - (19.69 N, 155.87 W)
- Elevation above sea level - 8,271 feet
- The third-youngest and third most active Big Island volcano
- Last eruption - 1800-1801 A.D.
- Anticipated to erupt again in the next 100 years



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