It was after sunset when we pulled into the Jaggar Museum parking lot for the second time. My husband and I were on a mission to see the glow of the Halema’uma’u Crater after a friend suggested that we “had to stay and see the glow of the volcano.”
We didn’t really know what to expect when we heard about “the glow” but the moment that we stepped out of the car, sure enough, we saw the orange glow that lit up the sky. Standing at the rim of the Kilauea Caldera, which is just over 4,000 feet above sea level, it can get pretty cold at night, and it’s windy too, so if you’re staying after dark make sure to dress appropriately.
We stood at the rim in silence and in complete awe. Only a few hours before, we were able to view the volcanic gases rising far above the crater rim, and now in the cover of darkness the extreme heat from the lava lake below created a magnificent glow within the billowing plume.
Have a Happy Fourth of July!