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.