Wouldn’t you rather #OptOutside and watch lava flow across the coastal plain? Volunteer Janice hiked out from the park side/Chain of Craters Road and found these flows about a 40-minute walk from the white NPS rope line, towards the pali (cliffs). Of course it’s about a five-mile hike to reach the white rope line one-way from our coastal contact station – which is one way to burn off any excess Thanksgiving calories!
If you go, carry at least 3 quarts/liters of water per person, and wear sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes or boots. Bring food, and a flashlight if you plan to be out after dark. Long sleeves and long pants are encouraged as are gloves, not because it’s cold, but because hardened lava is as sharp as glass and can cut you as you scramble over the very uneven terrain.
Remember, this hike isn't for everyone. You can also enter the park from the Kalapana side, and rent a bike to save on distance. It's at least 4 miles one-way to reach the flows from Kalapana. If that's too much hiking, but you want to see volcanic activity, don't despair. Check out the "other" Kīlauea eruption at the summit...a few steps from the parking lot at Jaggar Museum will afford you a view of the erupting Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which houses earth's largest lava lake. This is also home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. Stay after dark and watch how she illuminates the night sky!
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NPS Photos/Janice Wei