In A Pocket Guide to Hawaii: Land of Volcanoes, the reader takes a great visual adventure. You can follow the life of volcanoes, from their birth deep under the ocean—like the still-submerged Loihi—to their growth into stone giants like Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and ultimately through their erosion, decay and return to the world below the sea.

Each of these stages presents modern viewers with some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet. Mountains anchored to the seafloor have snowy summits three miles above the surface of the ocean. Coastal cliffs plunge more than a thousand feet from rainforests down to a raging surf. Coral-ringed shores create ivory sand beaches. 

Dramatic photography captures the fiery hissing and roaring of active vents and flows. These images reveal how a volcano creates new land, and also destroys the patina of life on the surface.


  1. Hawaiian Traditions, Creation Myths, Pele
  2. Center of the Earth, Hot Spots and Plate Theory
  3. The Hawaiian Archipelago
  4. Individual Islands
  5. Early Writers View the Volcanoes
  6. Destruction and Science
  7. Kilauea’s Long One
  8. Mauna Loa
  9. Loihi
  10. Slides


Author: Jan TenBruggencate