A spectacular new eruption at the summit of Kīlauea volcano is drawing hundreds of visitors to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park eager to see the billowing plume of gas and steam by day and the reflection of glowing lava deep within the crater after dark. Vantage points for viewing the new eruption include Wahinekapu (Steaming Bluff), Kīlauea Overlook, Keanakākoʻi, Waldron Ledge and other overlooks along Crater Rim Trail. Have a question? Park staff are available to answer questions at 808-985-6011.
The park remains open 24 hours a day, and the public is reminded to stay safe by following these precautions:
Can I see actual molten lava?
No. Given the depth of Halemaʻumaʻu crater, no molten lava is currently visible from publicly accessible areas. However, the plume and nighttime glow are visible from many areas of the park.
Stay on trail!
This photo shows just a few of the reasons why it is critical to stay on trails and in designated overlooks if visiting the park to see the current eruption.
Sinkholes, earth cracks, and unstable cliff edges are not always visible, even in daylight. Stay out of closed areas. Some areas still remain unstable after the eruption of 2018, and seismic activity is always a possibility on an active volcano.
Last updated: January 4, 2021