from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An active volcanic crater on the southeast slope of Mauna Loa in south-central Hawaii Island. It is one of the largest and most spectacular craters in the world.


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  • [Footnote 335: The figure in the second and third verses, of waves from Kahiki (_nalu mai Kahiki_) beating against the front of Kilauea (_Po-po'i aku la i ke alo o Kilauea_), seems to picture the trampling of the multitude splashing the mire as if it were, waves of ocean.] [Footnote 336: _Kukuena_.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii The Sacred Songs of the Hula

  • The Kilauea is a screw boat of 400 tons, most unprepossessing in appearance, slow, but sure, and capable of bearing an infinite amount of battering.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The night was cloudy, and so the glare from Kilauea which is often seen far out at sea was not visible.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Kilauea which is often seen far out at sea was not visible.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • When the "Kilauea" rolled, and the water splashed in simultaneously, we were treated to vigorous

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The magma wells up to form new land in the sea, such as Kilauea on Hawaii.

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  • Hawaiian Meaning The Hawaiian name "Kilauea" means "spewing" or "much spreading," apparently in reference to the lava flows that it erupts. - Financial News

  • Unlike the calderas of other "run of the mill" volcanoes such as Kilauea or Mount St. Helens, this one is so big you probably have never even noticed it.

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  • Hawaiian Meaning The Hawaiian name "Kilauea" means - Financial News

  • And it was on to Kilauea — the dream so near its ending; and of course we tossed into the pit of sea-surging lava our offerings to the Fire-Goddess of maile leis and of fish and hard poi wrapped moist in the ti leaves.



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  • Few mainland Americans accent or pronounce Kilauea like the Hawaiians do in their native language, but a BBC commentator reporting on the new eruption aired 3/7, and 3/8, 2011, did an admirable job - the IPA version is ˈkiːlɔuˈwɛjə.

    March 8, 2011