Every Rock Has A Story - Pa Hoe Hoe

Pa Hoe Hoe is a Hawaiian term meaning smooth or satin-like in reference to the smooth ropey textured surface of this volcanic rock. Geologists also use the native Hawaiian terminology for volcanic textures. Pa Hoe Hoe originates from thin extremely hot flows, commonly erupting through skylights over active lava tubes. This specimen comes from a flow field near Puu Oo Earth’s most active volcanic cone on Kilauea volcano. It erupted and crystallized between February 7 and 8th 1999 and was collected by Christina Heliker of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory for the Cranbrook Institute of Science.