First came an errant alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii. Then 50 inches of rain were recorded in one day on Kauai, flooding parts of the island. Next a slow-motion eruption of the Kilauea volcano ravaged parts of the Big Island. Now the state is facing its latest potential calamity: A Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 120 miles an hour.
Self-reliant and self-assured, rural-chic Maui packs dreamy surfer seascapes, untamed jungles, rugged locavore farms, and world-class creature comforts into its 728 square miles. This is so much more than a beach vacation. Maui visitors can experience authentic hula, swim beneath waterfalls, kayak with humpback whales, explore upcountry’s paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage, hike through lush and spiritually significant valleys, or just tuck into a papaya bowl at a trendy café.
The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island unleashed havoc when the earth split open, lava spewed hundreds of feet into the air and molten rock swallowed streets in a residential neighborhood. In the days since the eruptions began, 1,700 people have been evacuated, and many homes have been consumed by fire.
For decades, forensic scientists have relied on genetic evidence to piece together stories at crime scenes. In the past 5 to 10 years, aquatic researchers have used environmental DNA (“eDNA”), the detectable genetic material that almost every living thing leaves behind, to help answer similar questions in freshwater and marine settings.
Images of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii offer a vivid display of yellow and red lava bubbling from fissures, orange fires, and white smoke, but the authorities on Saturday warned of something unseen but no less dangerous: high levels of sulfur dioxide gas.
Fresh volcanic eruptions on the southern end of the island of Hawaii after a series of tremors left residents displaced and frightened as the authorities evacuated the state’s largest park on Friday and worked to keep people out of two subdivisions that had been evacuated.
The weird and wonderful creatures that populate Hawai‘i’s offshore waters are visible each night on this black-water dive.
From hurricanes to mudslides and earthquakes, natural disasters seemed to be on the rise last year, these destinations are beautiful and resilient.