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"Lava at Kilauea Summit...

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"Lava at Kilauea Summit...

...reaches highest levels ever":

From Hawaii ABC affiliate:


( or http://tinyurl.com/cj85ynh )

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Albuquerque, New...
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1. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

Brief, but awesome (relative to much of the past 12 months)USGS video via NBC:


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2. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

So, is this a good time to be able to easily see some action there or is this a time to stay away? We were able to walk right up to the lava just by hiking in not too far a few years ago and it was awesome. We will be on the island in less than 2 weeks and wondering if we should plan a day trip that way.

thanks, as is hard for me to tell online.


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USGS site:


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4. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

Okay, thanks, I read it a little more meticulously this time. Here is the bottom line for viewing:

Viewing Summary: East rift zone flow field - The new breakout lava flows were within the closed-access Kahauale'a Natural Area Reserve (NAR) and the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision and can only be viewed from the air. Under favorable weather conditions, glow from these flows may be reflected in clouds which can be seen from the County Viewing Area at Kalapana (Lava hotline 961-8093). Pu`u `O`o Cone, the strip of coastal plain nearest the ocean, and Kilauea Crater - these areas are within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park; Park access and viewing information can be found at www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm.

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5. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

Lucky you Susie; we haven't been able to get close to the lava in 5 or 6 years!

The current activity in at Halema'uma'u; see the left/middle section of this map: hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/Kilauea_map.html

Another option:


Hopefully someone actually on-site will chime in, but I'm GUESSING a DIY'er won't be able to see much more than glow from a reasonable distance.

Of course the most impressive viewing is at night and it's extremely easy to get in trouble; both footing and emissions...as you may know.

We've taken numerous Helicopter tours and, imo, they're worth the $'s when activity is significant. Here is a daytime Heli video posted on YouTube in recent days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3tAgOMGcU4 (obviously not a substitute for up-close @ night)

P.S. Just found this expanded version of the NBC link originally posted:


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6. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

Right, the lava flows aren't accessible right now, but the glow from the lava lake at Halema'uma'u is very cool and the view from Jagger feels pretty close. The lake is rising so sometimes you also may get cool spatter views and the roar of collapsing boulders.

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Bet the view is great from the roof of Volcano House.

Just imagine the potential Shea; 25 foot ladder/2AM while the Security Guard is taking a snooze/your Nikon D1200; 50 mp with the 24" zoom/Hubby & Daughter manning a strategically positioned trampoline...next stop the Trip Advisor Destination Expert Hall of Fame (preferably not posthumously)!

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8. Re: "Lava at Kilauea Summit...

To make it simple about the hike part --

The ONLY way you can hike alone (without a guide) is if the flow is within VNP and deemed reasonably accessible by the Park Service.

There is NO public access across the private lands on Kalapana side. The County Viewing area itself is on private land, with the landowners having made an agreement with the County, and only that small designated area is open to the public, no hiking from there.

If the flows get closer to the sea, there is an ohana (Uncle Robert's) that owns the land along the coast and gives tours (Kalapana Cultural Tours), and has given permission to Volcano Discovery and a few other tour guides.

However, for months now the lava has been higher up and there is no current ocean entry -- although most likely one will develop.

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Just found these on YouTube:


Later at night:


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