01-15 him cover_nonbc_lores small

The only national magazine dedicated to Hawai'i
Subscribe Now >>

There are 1866 posts about Hawaii on this Site

In the air over Kilauea

in_the_air_KilaueaHaven’t been to the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory Web site lately?

We understand. Things have been, for the most part, business as usual at Kilauea volcano lately. The summit’s Halemaumau crater vent is still pumping out a plume of ash and steam. The Pu’u O’o vent further downslope is doing the same, and sending molten magma into the ocean off the Big Island's Puna coastline.

No explosions or evacuations since April. Lots of vog statewide on so-far mercifully few tradewind-free days.

Good time then to take a brief helicopter ride over both vents, courtesy of HVO’s website.

Click here for a Halemaumau flyover with a great view of the crater from 5,000 feet up. Watch the plume change direction from west (foreground) to east (background) as it moves beyond the vent and heads out over the rest of Hawaii. (That’s Mauna Loa in the background.)

Next, click here to gaze down into the glow of a new gas vent at Pu'u O'o from a helicopter hovering just above the vent.

Hot stuff. You’ll feel like you’re there. Many thanks to those hard-working geologists at HVO.

Photo of Halemaumau crater on 5/23/08, courtesy of USGS

Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
Kilauea eruption 1959-60
Kilauea lava flow advances toward Big Island homes
Kilauea volcano residents prepare to evacuate

Hawaii Magazine Web Viewer
Shop Hawaii
Passport to Fun