This is an ABSOLUTE MUST DO if you are in Hawaii, thinking about Hawaii, or you are just short a few items on your bucket list!
I remember being able to go up to the Lava flow back in the 80s, the only reason I went was because a friend talked me into going and I had nothing better to do that weekend. Let me tell you, it was one of those "checkpoint" moments in life that you will never forget. To watch molten lava coming from the center of earth and reclaiming land as if she always owned it, trees burst into flames right before you eyes, just an epic, awestruck moment.
Well that flow finally ended, as they all do, but since then there has not been a good viewing area for the general public.
Great news today, they are opening up a viewing area for the latest lava flow - I hope to get out there this week and give you a first hand experience on what is happening, even some "Live Facebook" if reception is good.
More still photos from the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory