Alex Chowen | University Relations | 22 July 2014
White sand beaches and crystal clear water might be picturesque Hawaii, but it certainly isn’t all that makes up the natural, exciting phenomena of the state. The island of Hawaii is home to the world’s most active volcano: Kilauea. The volcano has been in an eruptive state for more than a thousand years.
Every year, BYU–Hawaii students go to the Big Island to visit the Kilauea volcano and study the geology of the islands as part of the Honors Geology course. The four-day trip is aimed to help students understand the unique forces that created and preserved the islands. “We could look at pictures of lava rock and their different formations in a book all semester,” says Brittany Steed, a TESOL/secondary education major from Canada who went on 2014 trip. “But we would have never fully comprehended it until we had found it ourselves, looked at it, held it, and discussed it as a group.”