Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #6
Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu
Mau = continuous
At this stop you will have an expansive view of the Mauna Ulu lava flow that crossed and re-crossed the Chain of Craters Road. Mau Loa O Mauna Ulu is the start of the Keauhou Trail to the coastal sites.
On the "mauka" (uphill) side of the road, a view of Mauna Ulu and on the "makai" (ocean) side, an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean.
Here you will see the "shiny" glaze of Mauna Uluʻs pahoehoe lava flow. This reflection off of the lava is created from the outer layer of silica, surface glass.
Vegetation in this area is sparse due to the lack of rain and the porous pāhoehoe lava.