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The drive along the scenic Puna coast is amazing.  It offers some incredible views

and contrasts, from a lush coconut-covered coastline to miles where you see nothing

but a newly-deposited volcanic rock that swallowed entire towns in the 1960s.

 

A scenic stretch along the 'Red Road'
(On the far left, you can see the smoke plume rising from where the lava is entering the Pacific Ocean)

 

      

This old tree still stands firmly in the surf at secluded Kahena Beach

 

A canopy of Monkeypod Trees near Lava Tree State Monument

 

     

The drive is the attraction along the ‘red road’ on this southeastern stretch of Hawaii’s coast

 

A narrow road cuts through the hardened lava flow at Cape Kumukahi where

 an entire town was abandoned as it was reclaimed by the volcano in 1960

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