Pau = finished or destroyed
Ahi = fire
Pauahi = "destroyed by fire"
Pauahi is a composite triple-pit crater, approximately 360 feet (110m) deep and 1,600 feet (500m) long. This crater has been the site of three eruptions in recent history: May 1973, November 1973, and November 1979. During the November 1973 eruption, lava pooled into a dramatic, fiery, swirling whirlpool on the crater floor. The crater floor we see today is covered by a thin veneer of lava from the 1979 event.
Pauahi Crater is culturally significant and religious to many of the Hawaiian people. At times you may see a hoʻokupu (offering), perhaps wrapped in pūʻolo (tī leaf). These should not be touched or disturbed.
Last updated: January 20, 2021