We stayed a couple days in Volcano. You can see several ōhiʻa trees growing on the lava; the first form of life that grows out of the hardened lava.ōhiʻa lehua, aka Pele's Flower that I took in Volcano Park. The legend states Pele, the Volcano goddess, was very jealous of the relationship between Ohi`a (a handsome chief) and Lehua (a beautiful maiden). Because Ohi`a rejected Pele, she turned him into a twisted tree with grey leaves. Lehua was so devastated that the gods took pity on her and turned her into a beautiful red flower on the tree. Lehua means flower sacred to the gods. They say that every time the Lehua is picked, it will rain symbolizing the lover's tears.
and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools.