Kilauea Volcano: Big Island
Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii's Big Island, recently marked a quarter century of ongoing eruption. Today's eruption site is not flowing into the ocean but is higher up the volcano, discharging lava from a fissure northeast of Puuoo vent, in the Puu Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve outside the boundaries of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Presently, the public can only observe the molten lava from the air by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Big Island Visitors Bureau Executive Director George Applegate encourages visitors to "go with the flow" and come to Hawaii's Big Island to experience Hawaii's volcanoes from the air, and visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii's only World Heritage Site.
For information on air tour companies offering Hawaii Island flight-seeing tours, visit www.bigisland.org/activities-air/175/flying-tours