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Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously since 1983, but the 2018 flow was completely different. The volcano essentially replumbed itself. The park, which had been where the action was all these decades saw the magma source cut off and diverted out onto the flank of the volcano into Lower Puna 25 miles to the east. And as the lava retreated, groundwater seeped into the hot rocks more than a thousand feet below Halema‘uma‘u Crater, flashing into steam and sending coughing fits of ash into the air from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Meanwhile, Lower Puna saw volcano fissures sending curtains of lava into the air, which ran into the ocean.

But all that seems to have ended. There are no surface flows anywhere on the island. Hawai’i Volcanos National Park, battered by countless earthquakes and explosions from Halema’uma’u Crater is quiet now and reopened in September. Hwy 130 is open all the way down to the coast and along the coastline past Kehena Black Sand Beach to where lava covered the road at MacKenzie D-State Recreation Area. But Hwy 132 to the former town of Kapoho is covered over with lava and blocked.

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See Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s website for a list of specific closures.

Hawaii Volcano Lava Map 2019

Big Island Lava Flow

Hawaii Volcano Eruption 2018

An Except from our blog on Hawaii Lava 2018 – Read the full blog.

News reports on the volcanic eruption have done a good job of capturing the world’s attention, but some important details are still being left out. While we don’t know the full extent of how this will directly affect the Big Island, most of what is happening is restricted to a relatively small area–the volcano crater, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the neighboring town of (the appropriately named) Volcano Village, and the southeastern part of the island known as the Puna district (i.e. where the lava is). Everywhere else in the state, from South Point to Hawi, Kona to Hilo, Honoka‘a to Waimea, is not directly impacted by the eruption. Businesses are open, air travel continues as scheduled, and people are going about their vacations across the Big Island and the rest of the state. We have received a lot of messages from readers that are afraid they’ll need to cancel their upcoming Hawaiian vacations. Although Hawai‘i is facing some challenges at the moment, it is still safe to travel to and we encourage everyone to keep their travel plans in place.

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Lava Volcano


The lava flow is currently about half way between the park side access and the county side access. It’s slightly closer to the county side. The easiest access to the lava flows is to take the newly scraped lava road 3 miles (each way) to where the lava is flowing. Unfortunately, the road was paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency when lava was threatening another area. Since FEMA carved the road for a different purpose, federal bureaucrats didn’t want you to walk on it, and the park officials were in the unenviable position of being the killjoy enforcers for FEMA’s ridiculous policy. Common sense has now prevailed and you’re allowed to walk on it. Bring plenty of water because it’s hot where you’re going.

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