Get a Front Row “Hot” Seat
Madame 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!
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.
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, there are alternate tours that offer safe viewing, 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.
Or 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.
KapohoKine Adventures offers Lava Expeditions that aren't for the faint of heart. Expeditions begin in either Kona or Hilo and involve a hike to get to the lava flow, but once you reach your destination, nothing can compare to feeling the heat as you watch liquid rock flow past. Afterwards, relax and let your guide do the driving back. 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. • Big Island Air (808) 329-4868 • BikeVolcano.com (808) 934-9199 • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Hilo (808) 961-5600
or Waikoloa (808) 886-1768 • KapohoKine Adventures (808) 964-1000 • Keikana Tours (808) 895-4181 • Lava Ocean Tours (808) 966-4200 • Lava Roy (808) 883-1122 • Mauka Makai Adventures (808) 640-7557 • Paradise Helicopters (808) 969-7392 • Safari Helicopters (808) 969-1259 • Wasabi Tours Hawaii (808) 987-9995