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Now is the time to visit Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island

Lava from Kilauea Volcano reaches the ocean at the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Now is a great time to visit the Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano. While lava is not currently reaching the ocean, a new trail is allowing visitors to hike out to view the mesmerizing glow and movement of the slow-moving flow of lava above the pali (cliffs).

The lava-leveled town of Kalapana and the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area are about a two hour drive from Puako on the Kohala Coast, where the Big Island Hawaii Life Real Estate office is located. This popular and FREE lava viewing area in coastal Puna is now open three hours earlier, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the last car being allowed in at 8 p.m.

Visitors should wear sturdy, closed-toe athletic shoes or hiking boots, bring plenty of drinking water, and carry a flashlight if planning to stay after dark. Be sure to first call the Kalapana Lava Viewing Hotline (808) 961-8093 for current conditions, or check the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s online status updates.

Your visit to Kalapana could be the experience of a lifetime. The island of Hawaii is alive, and is an amazing place to live the Hawaii Life.

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Diane Chavez

April 9, 2010

If you only have a couple of hours to view the Volcano
you might consider a Helicopter Tour. The Pilots will take you
to the best viewing spots and it is thrilling. If your Tour takes you along the coastline you can see some of the valleys including Waipio you will be impressed. It is worth it.
Some of the Cruise ships such as NCL’s the Pride of America also may go by the Lava field at night. What is amazing about it is the expanse of the Lava area. It isn’t just one area. The whole coast line is breaking out in random spots and Orange Lava boils out of the ground. Many spots cool off and form a crust but just beneath the surface it might be red hot magma. This is why walking off a trail is pretty dangerous and we were always taught to be extreemly cautious. I have walked the trail at the end of the road and was able to see the Lava pouring into the Ocean. It was stunning.
Aloha
Diane Chavez RS, ABR, GRI
diane@hawaiilife.com

Diane Chavez

April 9, 2010

If you only have a couple of hours to view the Volcano
you might consider a Helicopter Tour. The Pilots will take you
to the best viewing spots and it is thrilling. If your Tour takes you along the coastline you can see some of the valleys including Waipio you will be impressed. It is worth it.
Some of the Cruise ships such as NCL’s the Pride of America also may go by the Lava field at night. What is amazing about it is the expanse of the Lava area. It isn’t just one area. The whole coast line is breaking out in random spots and Orange Lava boils out of the ground. Many spots cool off and form a crust but just beneath the surface it might be red hot magma. This is why walking off a trail is pretty dangerous and we were always taught to be extreemly cautious. I have walked the trail at the end of the road and was able to see the Lava pouring into the Ocean. It was stunning.
Aloha
Diane Chavez RS, ABR, GRI
diane@hawaiilife.com

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