The Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is the only volcano in the Americas with its own cheer squad.

A private group of retired University of Hawaii cheerleaders, backed by an anonymous financial angel, have arranged to helicopter up to the top of the volcano during every eruption, despite opposition from the National Parks System. Though controversial, their antics are eagerly followed by the Hawaiian public.

They have their followers, but still lag far behind the popularity enjoyed by the Italian “bunga-bunga” dancers who celebrate Southern Italy’s famed volcanic eruptions.

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