Kilauea is an active volcano located on the southern side of Hawaii’s Big Island that had been continuously erupting in an unspectacular way for decades. In 2018 Pele, the goddess of volcanoes decided to put on a badass show for the entire world to watch as the volcano erupted massive jets of steam, gas, and oozed rivers of 2,000-degree molten lava through the eastern rift zone.
The lava fields directly to the south of Kilauea are a popular destination to explore when the volcano isn’t doing explosive volcano things. The county’s designated viewing area is relatively safe for tourists and keeps visitors pretty far away from everything dangerous (and pretty). You’ll need a good camera and zoom lens to get pictures where the lava meets the ocean.