An Island Rising From the Sea


Awaiting you discovery is the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and a legacy of Hawaiian culture at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Here, your students will get to see lava up close and learn of it's impact and eruption into the sky!

Volcanoes created the island chain at least 70 million years ago, and contiune to add land to the island of Hawai'i today. On this stop, the EFT Express takes students to two of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, where they get the chance to uncover the geology behind these fiery mountains and the biological and cultural history that surrounds them.

Legend explains that Pele, the goddess of fire, controls these lava flows. More than 1,600 years ago, her people first migrated to these islands and developed a unique Hawaiian culture. Join the EFT Express as we meet these fascinating people, their island world, their goddess of fire Pele, and the animal and plant life they share it with!

Hawai'i is home to many animals, insects, and plants found nowhere else on Earth. This astounding diversity of life that flourished on these isolated, once barren volcanic islands, bears witness to the force of evolution and the tenacity of life.