Kalapana Lava Viewing Area (Ben Sumner)

During the day, the Kalapana lava flow looks like a huge plume of steam, but at night it glows. Come see lava ooze and burn its way across the coastal plain, then roil into the sea with huge clouds of steam and sprays of molten rock. Visitors are allowed entry to the viewing area every day from 2 p.m., with the last vehicles admitted at 8 p.m. Everybody must be out of the area by 10 p.m. This schedule is subject to change; hazardous conditions may require changes to the schedule or closure.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Away Travel Editor: Ben Sumner
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • It's about a mile hike from the parking lot to the viewing area. If you come after dark, you will need a flashlight as you walk along the lava.
  • Bring binoculars and a long-lens camera, and sit back and admire the view as you would on the Fourth of July. Also, be sure to look up and enjoy the view of the stars.
  • Be sure to check the website or call the listed number to see if the conditions are ideal for viewing.

end of Highway 130, Puna District
Big Island, Hawaii
Parking: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 808-961-8093
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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