Lava Ocean Entry Big Island

Hawaii Lava Pouring into Ocean

Glowing hot orange lava pours into the ocean on Hawaii Island’s southern coast after making its way down from Kilauea volcano. When molten rock touches ocean, the water instantly boils, giving rise to noxious steam.

Underneath the surface, the lava cools and forms new earth, adding to Hawaii’s size. Hundreds of acres of new land have been created since Kilauea began actively flowing several years ago.

Watching lava enter the ocean at night is a one-of-a-kind experience heightened by the accompanying sounds of popping and cracking and smells of sulfur and steam.

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About Matt Wade

Matt was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and attended Colorado State University. From his earliest memories as a child, he had an interest in art. "Art has always served as a respite from life’s demands and a way to explore parts of the world that I don't normally experience in my daily routine. For this reason, I’ve focused mostly on landscape with several artistic mediums over the years. The inherent abstract quality in the forms and shapes in wilderness, combined with the right light and atmosphere, create scenes that surpass anything I could imagine. If I’m successful in capturing these moments, though they can last mere minutes, seconds or even less, they serve as a reminder that our lives exist in context with something much larger." Home Base: Loveland, Colorado