Lava Flow Viewing
Kalapana Safe Viewing program is the result of a cooperative effort of
county, state, federal, private agencies and the local community to
develop a safe viewing program for visitors and residents.
A temporary 2.6-mile path to
Kilauea's lava flow was carved out of the pahoehoe. The lava-covered road
on the remote Kalapana coastline was restored to make it easier and safer
for people determined to watch lava that flows from underground tubes into
the ocean, sending up spectacular plumes of steam.
road, State Highway 130, once allowed motorists to travel through Kalapana
and along the Chain of Craters Road to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. It
was destroyed by lava in the years after Kilauea erupted in 1983.
The gravel road at the
Kalapana end of the paved portion of Highway 130 will be open every day
from 2 to 8:30 p.m. After parking, visitors must hike about 20 minutes to
the viewing spot.
lava viewers had to drive down the Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park and then hike six miles to see the lava, an
eight-hour round trip.
Visitors will be allowed entry
to the viewing area every day from 2 p.m., with the last vehicles allowed
at 8:30 p.m. This will allow officials to ensure that everybody is out of
the area by 10 p.m. Visitors are reminded to obey all the warning signs
and stay within the barricades to ensure their safety.
The newly formed lava and
black sand beach beyond the barricades are extremely unstable, and can
collapse into the ocean at any time. Visitors must stay well away from the
volcanic steam clouds which contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles.
We ask that visitors show the
greatest courtesy and respect to the local residents and property owners.
Please remember never to go off the road or trail, and please dispose of
all trash in the garbage cans provided.