Witnessing the crust of an active lava lake being dragged into seething fountains is unforgettable. While an eruption is an exciting experience, keep in mind you are observing a sacred event. The summit of Kīlauea volcano is a wahi kapu (sacred landscape) surrounded with storied places. Your visit can be more meaningful by learning about the deep connections between Native Hawaiian culture and this landscape.
Where are the Best Eruption Viewing Locations?The current eruption at Kīlauea volcano, within Halema'uma'u crater, has generated an immense lava lake. Lava is currently visible from many areas and overlooks surrounding Kaluapele (Kīlauea caldera) within the national park. Viewing conditions can change at any time depending on eruptive activity and weather conditions such as fog or rain. Air quality at Kīlauea is affected by volcanic sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5). People with pre-existing respiratory conditions are especially sensitive to poor air quality and should check the air quality alert before visiting.
Consider factors such as viewing experience, long waits and crowds, hiking ability, and available time when selecting where to view the eruption. Check out the park map and download the new NPS mobile app to help you navigate during your visit.
Gaze into the depths of the eruption from the summit
2. Overlook near Keanakākoʻi Crater
Plan ahead for one of the most popular viewpoints
3. Kūpinaʻi Pali (Waldron Ledge) from Crater Rim Trail
The least crowded and most private viewing location.
Eruption Viewing Tips
Last updated: September 20, 2022