After being hidden for too long for many us, the Big Island’s Pu’u O’o volcano flow emerged above ground recently, slowly making its way near Kalapana and into the ocean. Visitors from all over have been making their way to Hawaii to watch molten rock slide by just feet in front of them.
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Some site-seers take to the water to catch an ocean-side spectacle of lava meeting sea, hot meeting cold. When the lava plunges into the sea, sulfuric steam rises and small bits of glass crackle and pop on the surface. Below the water, a the lava cools and coils into new land, ever so slowly adding to Hawaii’s size.
Taken from high above the Big Island–miles and miles above–Mauna Kea stands out in this image taken last month by an Expedition 45 crew member aboard the International Space Station. read more
Volcanic steam drifts across the dry land of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. read more
The Halema’uma’u crater inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park glows orange as stars begin to peek through the darkening twilight sky. read more
What at first appears to be only a puddle-sized pool of lava reveals itself to be an entire lava field covering many acres of Hawaii’s Big Island. read more
A recent shot from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory shows the dramatic event that has unfolded daily for decades now along the southern coast of Hawaii. read more
A line of volcanic vortices spin away from the Big Island of Hawaii, created by powerful steam venting as lava enters the sea. read more
Nothing says “Hawaii” quite like seeing Pele’s power and restlessness atop Kilauea volcano in a full lake of lava. read more
Virgin coastline is seen as it is created on Hawaii’s Big Island near the town of Kalapana. read more
Mauna Kea–“White Mountain”–tops out at just shy of 14,000 feet. read more
On the Big Island of Hawaii, we are blessed to see the orange glow of liquid rock bursting forth from lava-filled tubes flowing from summit to sea. read more
The day the Kalapana viewing area opened in March of 2009, the lava broke out on the surface and cut through the trails they had built for viewing. Viewers were able to get feet from the 2100 degree Fahrenheit lava and the next day the flows went underground again, flowing to the ocean. read more