Life in the Extreme
From nearly everywhere on the island of Hawai’i you can see one gentle sloping hill in the distance. It doesn’t abruptly rise up out of grasslands or demand attention like the Grand Tetons. Rather, it subtly and humbly catches the light at sunrise, like a giant solar panel reflecting pink Cadillac pastels back into Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Yet despite its seemingly modest size and subtle coloration, this hill is Mauna Loa—the largest volcano on Earth and backdrop to the largest island in the chain of islands called Hawai’i.