Hawaii can make a person feel small in the best way possible. Whether standing on the edge of a massive cliff overlooking a blue ocean or staring into the belly of a volcano, Hawaii is a place like no other and it would be difficult to think of it as anything but paradise. There’s a saying among Hawaiians, “Lucky we live Hawaii,” which acts as a sort of anthem for the residents. It serves as a reminder to appreciate the beauty of life in Hawaii.
Maybe the appreciation of life is so great in Hawaii because it is also so fragile. Home to some of the most bio-diverse life on earth with rich tropical vegetation and seemingly pristine oceans, the amalgamation of islands that is Hawaii is also threatened by a living threat: active volcanoes. In recent news, lava flows have been slowly burning their way through forests, and stretching limits into homestead territory. Even with the threat of encroaching lava flows, many locals know that those are the risks that come with living where the lava meets the sea.
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