County of Hawaii opens emergency road for lava viewing

Photo: EpicLava

Flowing lava is creating quite a show on Hawaii Island, and the public has a safe opportunity to see it.

County officials say the flow from Puʻu ʻŌʻō is making its way over the Pulama Pali along the western boundary of the former Royal Gardens Subdivision.

It does not pose a threat to any community.

The county has opened up a daily viewing area along a three-mile stretch of the emergency road, or Highway 130, from 3-9 p.m.

Vehicular traffic will be limited to local residents and emergency vehicles.

Security guards will be posted before the entrance to Kalapana Gardens to provide lava viewing information and to direct parking. As in previous lava viewing events, visitors will be asked to park in marked areas near the end of the paved portion of Highway 130.

Officials are warning visitors not to get too close to the lava, and to wear proper footwear to hike up to the viewing area.

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