In November of last year, a new outbreak of lava began flowing from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island into the sea. The eruption itself has continued for 25 years now. Surface flows emerge near the ocean on the southeast side of the island, and you can see the lava from a viewing area a few hundred feet away. A week ago, the lava-rock-tube path from Kilauea’s east rift vent to the ocean began to change. New breakouts began taking place near the vent. Its flow into the sea now has slowed considerably, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, but it remains part of one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet.

If you’re planning to visit the area, wear comfortable socks and walking shoes or hiking boots. The weather tends to vary on the volcano, so bring sunscreen, wear a hat and bring along sweatshirts and a windbreaker or raincoat. Bring water with you, too, if you’ll be hiking. And for goodness’ sake, don’t forget your camera!

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