In 1823, the party of the English Rev. William Ellis (1794-1872), including American missionary Asa Thurston and a number of local guides, explored the wild landscape of Kilauea Volcano. Ellis returned with his ailing wife to a family home in London, where, in 1824, he began writing a detailed and important narrative of his journey around Hawaii Island. No other Caucasian visitors had published descriptions of this landscape, and one could say that the “history” of Ka‘u and, more broadly, of Kilauea, in the sense of contemporary written documentation, begins with Ellis.
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