"Most folks will miss the live..." Hawaii (State of) Off The Beaten Path Tip by baseops

Hawaii (State of) Off The Beaten Path: 170 reviews and 253 photos


Most folks will miss the live viewing of the lava flow. Unfortunately, at the actual Volcanoes National Park, the end of the Chain of Craters Road does not get you close enough to see the lava. In fact, you can see the steam rising out of the ocean as the lava enters... But there is a great spot to get you close enough to see the molten lava itself - a short hike after a drive on the gravel road at the end of the Kalapana road (south of Hilo) will get you within 100 meters of the active flow. And that is where I took this picture!

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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