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All proceeds from your donations go directly to support The Volcano Project.  We wouldn't be able to do all of this without your generous & gracious support!

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Early Tourist at Volcano

By David Miranda © 2009

cont'd from "People"

Prominent among the painters were three; Charles Furneaux, Jules Tavernier and Joseph D. Strong. While depicting a wide range of Hawaiian scenes; Furneaux and Tavernier are noted for their vivid drama on canvas of the eruptions at Kīlauea. They were awed by the volcanic landscapes and sketched many studies of Pele’s activity; then, returning to their studios, they rendered incredible images with stunning colors. An American audience was very receptive to their work. Such images were often used to illustrate the travel accounts of prestigious island visitors.

Mauna Loa and Kīlauea became very active in the 1880’s and so attracted the attention of many artist. Suddenly, tourism became a new industry and the Oceanic Steamship Company brought visitors from California. Painted scenes of volcanic eruptions served as advertising at exhibitions in San Francisco. And once in Honolulu; the Wilder Steamship Company arranged package tours to the Big Island, transporting guest on their interisland steamers. Of course such tours would include a trip to the volcano and guest were accommodated at the Volcano House which by now was a wooden structure sitting on the rim of the Kīlauea caldera. Wilder Steamship Co. conveniently owned the facility at the time.

And so it was in those days. The natural curiosity generated by paintings, written accounts and word of mouth brought many malahini (visitors) to Hawaiʻi, to the volcano and the Volcano House. As oceanic travel became more frequent and reliable; the islands also attracted those interested in natural history. Soon, Hawaiʻi began to attract geologist, botanist, ethnologist and agriculturalist; all interested in this distant archipelago. All interested in “this fleet of islands” anchored in the Pacific.

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