Finding inspiration inside a Hawaiian volcano

Downing margaritas on the beach for a week has never been my favourite way to spend a vacation. My whale-belly-white skin could never tolerate it. Besides, I prefer adventures off the beaten path, usually out of range of any wi-fi or data service.

My most recent off-grid adventure took me inside an active volcano for some much-needed energy and inspiration.

Kilauea is a very active volcano that has been erupting on and off for more than 30 years. The lava flows change course, and as the lava cools, this creates some fascinating scenery throughout the Big Island of Hawaii.

This Mars-like terrain made up of crumbled lava was a rainforest only a few years ago

Near the summit of the volcano, the roads are no longer passable. The earthquakes caused by volcanic eruptions have cracked the roads completely, and plant life springs up through the cracks. The roads became hiking trails as we headed on foot up the mountain.

Reaching the peak of Kilauea, we were awestruck by our reward – a rainbow arching over the crater. I nicknamed it our “volcainbow”!

Then, downward into the crater. The flow of lava in this area ceased a few months ago, so the ground inside this part of the crater was cool and easily walkable. Little trees sprouted from cracks everywhere, a reminder of how beauty pushes its way through despite the most hostile environments.

Returning later to our rainforest base at the foot of the volcano, I was able to do a bit of audio recording. I captured birdsong by day and an incredible chorus of coqui frogs by night. I’ll be editing these into some free audios within the next few weeks, so be sure to follow me on facebook to get the link to the free downloads.

Things the volcano taught me

  • The end of the road is not the end of the journey
  • Life will go on, sometimes we have to just wait until things cool down a bit
  • Nature is more powerful than asphalt
  • Change is inevitable, yet can produce unexpected beauty
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Author: Colin Stone

Professional Relaxation Therapist (MASC, BSYA) and founder of the Relaxation Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using guided imagery, therapeutic music and aromatherapy to relieve stress in the most relaxing room on earth!