Friday, July 28, 2006

 

Maui & The Ring of Fire

Photo: terragalleria

Hawaii Islanders as far away as Honolulu experienced a mild earthquake yesterday. Situated about 44 miles southwest of Makena, Maui--not too far from where I live-- this 4.4 earthquake (quoted by other sources as 5.0) rattled many homes it was reported on the news. I didn't feel a thing, nor has anyone I have questioned. Very strange!

Since Hawaii sits inside the middle of the Ring of Fire, it is only to be expected that we will have our share of the earthquakes which are increasingly occuring around the world. For those that don't know about the Ring of Fire, here is my brief explanation: the ROF is a series of volcanic mountain ranges and oceanic trenches encircling the Pacific Basin beginning from New Zealand, moving along the eastern edge of Asia, then up to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and finallly snaking down the coasts of North and South America. It looks like a horseshoe if you were to look at it from above. This site explains the ROF in more depth.

Some psychics have predicted Haleakala Volcano erupting on our island of Maui, but according to the scientists I have spoken with, this is not likely to happen. If Haleakala gets triggered, she is more of a venting volcano, not a blowing volcano. Haleakala has officially been dormant since 1790, and although I have read or heard predictions about Haleakala becoming active again for every year I have lived on Maui (15 1/2 years), so far she (I want to call Haleakala a 'she'!) has been stable. A great video about Haleakala titled "House of the Sun" is sold at the various Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Centers throughout the islands. This beautiful video with narration by Charles Keoho and music by Paul Horn, Dean Evenson, Kaawaikupuokalani Hewett, and Patrick Ki tells about the legends, volcanic formations, unique plant and animal life that can be found in the Haleakala crater and nowhere else in the whole world.

The last eruption on Maui left a blackened lava-rock-strewn area in the Makena area which is quite dramatic visually to drive through. If you get out of your car to walk on some trails, be sure to be wearing enclosed-toe shoes with support because these rocks are very sharp, hard and could cut your skin very easily. They aren't the easiest rocks to navigate. For those that like to hike into remote, wilderness areas, you can pick up a trail that leads from La Perouse Bay in Makena. I've never hiked that far on the trail, but I've heard that you can hike all the way to Hana, the most easterly part of Maui. If you desire to tune into the old Hawaii, get away from the island 'buzz', and tune into the Ancestors, you will find what you are looking for here.
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