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The Five Active Volcanoes on Hawaiian Land

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted By Samuel Phineas Upham

The Hawaiian islands are an ever changing land mass due to the active volcanoes that dot the landscape. Astronauts once trained for voyages to the moon traversing the volcanic landscape of the Hawaiian islands. Here are some facts on Hawaii’s remaining active volcanoes.


This volcanoe’s name actually translates to “the long one” and estimates put Loihi at about 3000 meters high. Even with its massive scale the volcano has still not reached sea level, which geologists estimate will take almost 10,000 years.


Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, but it also has the longest eruptions. The current eruption began on January of 1983, and it is still continuing today. There was also an active lava lake for almost 100 years!

Mauna Loa

Since 1900, Mauna Loa has seen 15 eruptions that last anywhere from a few days to over 140. Since 1950, the volcano has only seen two eruptions, one of which lasted for a single day. Almost all of these eruptions begin at the summit.


The town of Kailua sits on the southwest flank of this active volcano that last erupted in 1801. A series of earthquakes in 1929 can trace their roots back to magma movement. This volcano has been the subject of geological study since 1980 when the mountain stopped expanding.


This volcano started over a million years ago on the ocean floor. Its last eruption was in 1790, but the volcano is still considered active.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.

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