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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 03:39 PM
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Help Trying To See Active Volcano On Big Island

We will be staying on the Big Island for 7 days in the Kona area. Can we drive to the volcano in one day? I am unable to take a helicopter (will get air sick) and we do not hike. Do you have to hike to where the lava flows to the sea? We did not want to spend the night in Hilo either, other than an organized tour, how can we view it?

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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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We stayed on the Kohala Coast last year, and took a day trip to the Volcano. It took about 2 1/2 hours each way, and we stopped at the Place of Refuge and a black sand beach on the way. Volcano National Park is amazing!
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Old Jan 19th, 2005, 02:35 AM
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You can check on the status of the lava flow at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park web site.
Even if the lava is flowing into the sea near the end of the Chain of Craters road, you will have to walk some to see it. The parking is probably a half a mile from the end of the road, and then you may have to hike over some of the old lava to see the new.
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When I was there, we could not see any lava into the ocean. It is hit or miss. However, allow at least 2-1/2 hours to get to the park.

We drove around the park, making periodic stops. You can drive to the end of the road. You do not have to hike per se. You can walk a little distance.

Bring lots of water, it is really, really hot.

Also, be careful getting out of the car in the sulfer areas. I had an asthma attack. Keep your car running with the a/c on. I do not typically have asthama, however, I was effected by the smell.

it is fun though. I wish we allowed more time at the park.
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Old Jan 19th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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If you don't hike and you get airsick in a helicopter then you won't be able to see flowing lava. A co-worker took a cruise around the islands (week-long, big ship) and was able to see lava entering the ocean at night, but that certainly isn't a guarantee.
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