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Kilauea, Hawaii (Big Island): 11 reviews and 30 photos

  Overlooking Kilauea Crater
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  • Overlooking Kilauea Crater - Hawaii (Big Island)
      Overlooking Kilauea Crater
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  • Nephew Sean at the Visitor's Center Overlook - Hawaii (Big Island)
      Nephew Sean at the Visitor's Center Overlook
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  • A view of the Crater - Hawaii (Big Island)
      A view of the Crater
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Kilauea Crater is huge! At the center of the action in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a view of this smoldering hole in the ground should not be missed. THe best place to get an initial view is the Kilauea visitors center, but as you drive Chain of Craters road, you get more intimate insights, seeing craters in craters and lots of Kilauea output in the form of hardened lava. Meanwhile, somewhere in the vicinity (though not necessarily in the park), Kilauea is venting. During our last visit, lava was pouring from a fissure somewhere outside the National Park boundaries, worrying local authorities that it will eventually cut off portions of the Puna Coast from the rest of the island. Before July 2007, Kilauea was flowing harmlessly into the sea, but a series of earthquakes changed that literally overnight. So, you can plan your trip however you want, but Kilauea may frustrate your plans. Just be happy she isn't engulfing your house!

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  • Updated Sep 14, 2007
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