Hawai'i Trip - [Kilauea Volcano]

Kilauea, the volcano on the big island that is active, started erupting in 1983, and has continued to erupt since then. The "hot" spots have shifted - the current eruption is at the Pu'u 'O'o Vent - and the flow has been large and small through the years.

The pictures shown here were taken from a helicopter tour, through the window, so there are a few reflections on some of the pictures. We were lucky, in that the winds cleared the smoke away from the vent, giving us a clear view into the crater.

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Coming into view is the original eruption point in 1983, called Kilauea Caldera. Looking down into Kilauea Caldera, showing the parking area to the right. Our first look at the active site of the volcano - the P'u'u 'O'o Vent.
Coming into view is the original eruption point in 1983, called Kilauea Caldera. Looking down into Kilauea Caldera, showing the parking area to the right. Our first look at the active site of the volcano - the P'u'u 'O'o Vent.
Looking down into the vent. Here is a picture of an actual lava flow. Another pictures of lava flowing.
Looking down into the vent. Here is a picture of an actual lava flow. Another pictures of lava flowing.
A close-up picture of the trees surrounding the eruption site. This picture shows new land created from the current eruption. A (former) house that was consumed by the current eruption.
A close-up picture of the trees surrounding the eruption site. This picture shows new land created from the current eruption. A (former) house that was consumed by the current eruption.
Looking back on the P'u'u 'O'o Vent and the surrounding eruption site.
Looking back on the P'u'u 'O'o Vent and the surrounding eruption site.