It’s a Big, Big Is­land

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - 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.

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