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Viewing the Lava Flows

What's New — By lottietagupa on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

It’s certainly what drives most visitors to come to the largest island in the Hawaiian Archipelago and it certainly is a memorable experience for most. But no visit to the Big Island is complete without a visit to the active lava flows in Kalapana.

Much different from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the lava fields are located in Kalapana where the lava flows head for the ocean via underground lava tubes and frequently breakout on the surface for fantastic viewing in the early evenings.

The county lave hotline provides updates on conditions and visitor information that should be called prior to the long drive to Puna since there is no cell service in the immediate area. The lava hotline telephone number is: 808-961-8093

The flows can be accessed by taking Highway 130 to the end of the road. Access is controlled by Hawaii County officials who allow entry to visitors between 2-8pm. No one is allowed to stay past 10pm.

Conditions in the area are subject to change at anytime. Visitors are asked to prepare for unstable surfaces, high levels of SO2 , respect the private property of area residents, use trash cans and heed the instruction of officials at all times.

The area is sunny, hot and humid and is frequently rainy. Prepare by bringing the following items on your visit to the lava flow area:

-          rain gear (umbrella, rain poncho or windbreaker)

-          bottled water

-          hiking boots or sturdy footwear

-          flashlights

-          long pants

-          hat and sunscreen

-          binoculars

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