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Kamokuna Ocean Entry View - Chain of Craters Road

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An easy way to see lava at Kamokuna ocean entry originating from the Pu'u' 'O'o crater.


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4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

61' 19 m

High

15' 5 m

Low

29' 9 m

Up

72' 22 m

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This road has restricted access, but is open to bikes and foot traffic.

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The road starts at the parking area at the end of the Chain of Craters Road near the town of Kalapana. The road is nicely graded and is very busy with foot and bike traffic. It passes through expansive lava flows with views up towards Kilauea and out to the ocean.

After a little over four miles of road hiking, you'll leave the road and continue a short distance down to the Kamokuna ocean entry viewing area where you can see the spectacular view of lava flowing into the ocean. The view is enjoyed by many during sunset when the steam cloud lights up orange in contrast to the darkening sky.

Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. This route is very hot and there is no shade! Volcanic activity can change rapidly. Make sure to check the current conditions here! The viewing location may have even changed, so make sure to check with the National Park Service. This route shows the viewing location as of April 2017.

The fastest way to get to Kamokuna ocean entry lava viewing area is by bicycle. There are many vendors wishing to rent you bikes at the parking area. If you do not rent ahead of time, don't worry, there are many bikes to choose from!

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Sarah Baker

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An epic sunset bolsters the view of lava flowing into the ocean from the edge of the flow in April 2017.
Apr 17, 2017 near Hawaiia…, HI
Steam billows from active lava flows plunging into the sea.
May 12, 2017 near Hawaiia…, HI
A host of amateur volcanologists heads to the Kamokuna Ocean Entry lava flow.
May 12, 2017 near Hawaiia…, HI
A mass of people watch the sunset at the Kamokuna ocean lava viewing area.
Apr 18, 2017 near Hawaiia…, HI

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Oct 8, 2017
Matthew Fredrick
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