Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Where lava lovers can go with the flow

July 21, 2010, 8:47 am

The lava show is back on the island of Hawai'i, where a pond of molten rock glows in Halema'uma'u Crater and fiery flows cross the highway and threaten homes in Kalapana on their way to the sea.

If you can't make it to the Big Island, there's an intriguing ringside seat online, Hawaiian Lava Daily, an image-rich blog created by Kapoho photographer and surfer Leigh Hilbert. His July 19 entry includes shots of the viewing area at the end of Highway 130, an explanation of the phenomenon of deflation (which has slowed the lava's movement), descriptions of the near-miss of his neighbor Gary's house and links to the official U.S. Geological Survey Kīlauea updates, among many other useful sources. There's also a link to the trailer (also embedded below) for "From Mountain to Sea," Hilbert's 84-minute HD lava movie with riveting scenes from this spring's pyrotechnics.

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