Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Aloha to Lava, Up Close and Personal

Although Kilauea is an active volcano, finding easily accessible lava can be a challenge.   There are two ways to view lava:

1.  Drive outside and around the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to where the lava flow has overrun the highway in South Pahoa Town.   The state has created a makeshift viewing platform.   Above is what we could see during Spring Break - at that time, the Pu`u `Ō `ō crater was just trickling lava to the right..   The large glow to the left is the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater where the lava is still puddling in its bottom. You can see the glow up close from the Jagger Museum in the park (see this link).

The trickling lava looks like
an aerial view of city lights.

Toni took pictures with her good
camera for great close ups.

2.  Hire a guide and hike across the lava fields park at dusk - you'll come close to the lava flows. Toni and her family ventured out to see the lava live ...

The next morning, Toni and company shared how hot it was, how dark it was, and how tired they were after this six hour round trip. Would you have joined them for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure?   One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 23, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 24.


Kim in Hawaii


  1. You bet your lava boots I would...
    It is so beautiful Scary but oh so must do on my List....
    Gosh Kim you live on wild Island I so want to visit & it is these type of Excursions DH & I would love to see.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

  2. Probably not but I do enjoy looking at the photos!

  3. Amazing pictures. I would go.

  4. No, I could not last that long but would love to have pics. These are really amazing photos. My daughter is an amature photographer and would go on this trip and have a blast clicking her camera.
    She took pic at Grand Canyon and then enlarged one to hang on her wall. It is really georgous in a simple frame.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  5. How could you pass that up! Yep, but maybe it would take me longer than the 6 hours lol.

  6. Nice pictures. I'd go with them.

  7. We saw a bit of lava flowing out of Kilauea, but from afar. I think I would have gone along for the once in a lifetime adventure.

  8. Wow, what pictures, I would definitely go. I would be scared, however, it would be a once in a lifetime event.

  9. Those are really cool lava flow photos. And yes, I would totally go on that adventure!

  10. I'll just live vicariously though all of you that get close enough to take pictures like that. lol

  11. Nope not for me. I would have been terrified the whole time. I am easily scared. I would love to see from a distance, but not too close, especially since an active volcano. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

  12. only in my dreams but part of me kinda does. i want to really live before i die


  13. Fascinating pictures. It's the 6 hour round trip that would do me in instead of seeing the lava close up. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com