All of the islands surrounding the Pacific Ocean are volcanic because they formed, or are forming, via the process of plate tectnoics. Where the Pacific Plate is moving over a hot spot, or where it's being subducted below another plate, deep trenches, such as the Mariana Trench (deepest point on planet Earth) form, and huge volcanoes, such as Mauna Loa and Mt. Fuji, erupt. We'll travel counterclockwise around the Pacific Ocean, visiting the Hawaiian Islands (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii), MIdway, Guam, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, and other Society Islands, Easter Island, and Galapagos Island. We'll discover the weird creatures of the deepest trenches, discuss the different cultures of these islands, and understand how the Polynesians -- the greatest seafarers ever known -- discovered the Pacific islands and even made it all the way to South America.