(Edit 3/31/18: I've replaced the original, hand-made panorama with a version from Hugin, but you can see the original by mousing over the image.)
|Mauna Loa, with Puʻu Huluhulu visible just left of image center.|
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the [second] most massive mountain on Earth [after Tamu Massif], and
The name Mauna Loa means “long mountain” in Hawaiian, and it's not hard to see where the name comes from. This is, indeed, a long mountain. Mauna Loa is a shield volcano, and you can see just how gently it slopes up to its summit caldera (which isn't quite visible from the altitude this picture was taken at). Lava flows of varying ages and colors cover its flanks, while old growth forests of ʻōhiʻa lehua trees stand wherever they can establish themselves. All in all, it's one beautiful mountain.