Just a short drive from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast, on the Big Island, Lava viewers can hike 3 miles along the emergency route established in 2014 over former portions of Highway 130/Chain of Craters Road covered by earlier flows from the ongoing 33-year eruption.
Civil Defense officials are advising people not to leave the road for their own safety and to avoid trespassing on private property. The flow is up to 2 miles from the road, with hazardous terrain in between (not to mention the dangers presented by a stream of 2,000-degree molten rock).
The county established a parking area at mile markers 21 and 22 on the highway near the start of the emergency route, which parallels the coastline and connects with Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The lava flow is visible from the parking area.
Ed Teixeira, Civil Defense interim administrator, said people intending to hike along the road beyond that point should be prepared with proper footwear, flashlights and enough water.
“Most people who came out felt it was worth the hike in,” he said. “You got to be prepared.”