It’s a Big, Big Island
1 Get a Front-Row “Hot” Seat
Madam Pele, the legendary Hawaiian volcano goddess, continues to stay active from her home inside her favorite volcano, Kilauea. Things may have changed by the time you read this, but flows have been heading into new directions, a new eruption has started, and there was even a collapse of the crater floor!
Lava flow updates can be found on the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park site and at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activity/ kilaueastatus.php, or by calling (808) 961-8093.
There are several ways to get in on the excitement of Kilauea’s activity. Lava boat tours have become a popular attraction; boat companies like Lava Ocean Adventures will be ready to ferry passengers to a front-row seat. Meanwhile, alternate tours are available.
When fiery-hot lava, sometimes boiling at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, collides with cool seawater, the impact is staggering. Picture a powerful grenade that explodes into a fountain of steam and hurls volcanic debris every which way. Safe viewing is possible via several options, including hiking, biking and nocturnal helicopter flights.
A 10-mile bike ride will get you to the show. BikeVolcano.com has designed a tour that provides sunset views of lava hitting the sea and includes a stop in Kalapana, a village ravaged by earlier lava flows. • Big Island Air (808) 329-4868 • BikeVolcano.com (808) 934-9199 • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Hilo (808) 961-5600 or
Waikoloa (808) 886-1768 • Kalapana Cultural Tours (808) 936-0456 • KapohoKine Adventures (866) 965-9552 or (808) 964-1000 • Keikana Tours (808) 895-4181 • Lava Ocean Tours (808) 966-4200 • Lava Roy (808) 883-1122 • Paradise Helicopters (808) 969-7392 • Safari Helicopters (808) 969-1259
2 Saddle Up
Horseback riding is unquestionably one of Hawai‘i Island’s premiere attractions. The island’s diverse terrain, eyepopping vistas and wealth of working cattle ranches make it an exciting location for horseback adventures.
Situated on Kohala Mountain, within Ponoholo Ranch, Paniolo
Take to the sky for a panoramic view of molten lava burning and oozing over black lava fields. Big Island Air conducts night flights, and Paradise Helicopters flies over the volcano in a chopper without doors.