Kilauea Volcano: Past and Present

The notorious Mount Kilauea in Hilo, Hawaii was formed anywhere from 300,000 to 600,000 years ago. Since its inception, there has never been a period of inactivity. This particular volcano, in fact, is mostly composed of lava flows infused with explosive deposits, making it prone to frequent eruptions. Most of Kilauea’s eruptions occur along its long rift zones and sometimes spread along distances reaching to an impressive 125 km. At the summit, there is not an incredible amount of lava activity at the surface, but there are several active steam vents.
Throughout Kilauea’s history, the majority of its eruptions have been gentle, with lava oozing out from the mountain, spreading along its surface and drifting into the ocean. On occasion however, powerful eruptions have turned much of the Hilo landscape into molten lava fields. Even with its non-stop activity, several areas along Kilauea’s surface are safe for visitors. In fact, Kilauea is one of the most popular volcanic attractions in the world. Some of the most frequented areas around Kilauea are the summit caldera home to the Hale’mau’mau Pit Crater and the Kilauea Iki Crater, the Jaggar Museum with active seismographs that measure the volcano’s activity, and the Thurston Lava Tube which is a large walkway within Kilauea open to visitors. One of the most attracting areas though is the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. Only open to visitors between 5-7pm, this region offers the best lava views of the volcano depending on its activity each day. Only Discover Hawaii Tours offers an extended one-day tour of Hilo allowing for twilight lava views from Kalapana. Because of this, our volcano tour in Hilo is extremely popular and sells out fast on a daily basis. Join us for a tour of a lifetime. With airfare available from Kauai, Maui, and Oahu as well as hotel pick ups in Hilo, this tour is convenient and extremely memorable.

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