Madame Pele Takes a Break

Sometimes, you just gotta go with the flow. That’s what Hawaii’s lava tourism industry has been doing, after Madame Pele decided to end a nine-month-long lava spectacle.

The lava from Puu oo vent stopped flowing into the ocean toward the end of August 2013. Very shortly after, lava stopped flowing along the coastal plain, where people usually hike to get a closer look. This has really slowed things down for businesses, like boat tour and hiking companies.

While it may not be at the top of your list of things to do, you can still do a boat tour. It’s a good chance to see the fresh remnants of Madame Pele’s work, like watching an island being born. You might even see a dolphin or two, but we all know that it’s the lava you would really wanted to see… But, really, what can you do?

I like what one lava tour company owner said in a report by Hawaii News Now. You can’t be “sad or happy” about it. It’s true that we have no control over Mother Nature nor do we know what Madame Pele will do next. But, as they say, the show must go on!

The only active flows are not accessible. However, you can still see the lava’s glow at night. Best places would be from the ocean or from the Jaggar Museum at the Volcanoes National Park.

Posted by: Bruce Fisher