Many visit Hawaii for its island life and its five shield volcanoes that locals both regard affectionately and revere. Though not the biggest, Kilauea is the most active of the lot, erupting continuously since 1983. Legend has it that Pele, the goddess of volcanoes calls the Halemaumau crater at the summit of Kilauea home, and each eruption is a reflection of her longing to be with her lover. Swoop over Kilauea’s iconic lava fountains, which illuminate evening skies, and watch out for ‘skylights’ – cracks on the seemingly barren surface that reveal subsurface lava streams just metres beneath. Where there is life, however, it thrives. Fields of sugar, coffee, macadamia nut and cattle are signs of the island’s precious industry, and more poignantly, of Hawaiian resilience.
Paradise Helicopters offers a doors-off tour for what could be the hottest helicopter ride on earth. After the heat waves roll away, you’ll be taken to Hilo’s lush rain forests and the Rainbow Falls to cool down.