Once again lava is rapidly flowing down the pali (hill) towards the Kalapana area on Hawaii’s Big Island. Lava hasn’t reached the ocean yet, but it appears to be well on its way!
I have seen lava flowing down the pali at night in 2008 and it is an incredible sight. It’s like something you might see out of a blockbuster movie, but it’s absolutely real. Hearing that the lava is flowing like this once again makes me want to book a flight back to the Big Island ASAP!
The Kalapana lava viewing area is open to the public daily from 2pm to 10pm with the last vehicle entrance at 8pm. This lava viewing area is located at the southwestern end of Highway 130. Before you go, do call their hotline at (808) 961-8093 to check that it’s open. Also, be prepared by following my tips for viewing Hawaii’s active lava flow.
Check out this video shot by YouTuber lavaloverbo on Sunday. The video shows lava flowing down the pali like a river. Even rocks appear to be melted by the lava.
Please note that lavaloverbo is a Kalapana area resident and somewhat familiar with the tendencies of lava flows, however being that close to the lava is highly dangerous. I do not recommend that you try to get that close.
(Email subscribers: click here and scroll down to access the video on Go Visit Hawaii.)