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  Kilauea Crater
by KiKitC
  • Kilauea Crater - Volcano
      Kilauea Crater
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  • Kilauea Crater from the helicopter - Volcano
      Kilauea Crater from the helicopter
    by KiKitC

It's humbling. Makes you feel small.

We had the opportunity to fly over the Kilauea Crater in the helicopter, it looked big then, but here, in Volcanos National Park, how close do you want to get?

We got our first up-close look at the crater from the area marked for the "Steam Vents." It's a beautiful view point. There are hiking trails for all athletic capabilities, except those of us with pins through their knuckles. Also a great "Kodak moment."

You can get all kinds of vantage points, or entry points if you're on foot, of the crater, which is expansive. If you have time, stop and look around. Everywhere you look in the park, there is evidence of volcanic activity, from numerous lava flows. This huge crater is just a reminder of how catastrophic an eruption can be.

About half-way around Crater Rim Drive, there is a spot you can walk out to, that brings you even closer into the crater. You can smell the sulphur and see the steam from the volcanic activity happening under our feet.

*** The sulphuric fumes here can be dangerous to those with respiratory problems.***

I will have to go back one day, and hike down the trails to go deeper into the crater. *sigh* Next time.

Directions: Volcanos National Park

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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