Best eruption viewing is in park


The narrow streams of lava that reached the ocean last weekend are flowing several hundred yards outside of the park’s easternmost boundary, over private land closer to Kalapana.

Park officials do not encourage hikers to access the flow from the end of Chain of Craters Road. The trek is an extremely arduous and grueling hike over hardened lava at least 10 miles round trip. For information on observing lava from Kalapana, call 961-8093.

“The best and closest place to observe a volcanic eruption within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at present is from Jaggar Museum overlook, and other vantage points at the summit of Kilauea that provide views of Halemaumau Crater,” said Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno.

During daylight hours, the plume of volcanic gas is a reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake approximately 100 feet beneath the crater floor. After sunset, Halemaumau exhibits a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and the plume.

For more information, visit nps.gov/havo. For webcams and Kilauea status updates, visit hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php.