Lava flows come in all sorts of shapes and speeds, ranging from slow crawls over roads to explosive eruptions. The Big Island alone consists of five volcanoes: Mauna Loa, Kilauea, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Kohala. Active volcanoes constantly erupt around the world, from Iceland to Indonesia. However, few places offer safe, up-close views of the gushing lava for long periods of time like Hawaii. Kilauea has been actively erupting for the past 35 years, which means we’ve had plenty of time to observe endless streams of lava, fast or slow.
Check out these 10 insane Hawaii lava videos to get a glimpse of Hawaii at work!
1. Hawaiian lava flows ‘faster than a turtle’
The most recent May 2018 Kilauea eruptions have destroyed dozens of homes on the main island. They’ve also blocked off roads and made some neighborhoods inaccessible.
2. Dramatic time lapse footage shows lava engulfing car in Hawaii
Steadily moving lava devours a car, fence and anything else in its path.
3. Fantastically Beautiful Eruption of the Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii. 1940 – 1984
Mauna Loa’s summit Mokuaweoweo Crater eruption in 1940 produced lava fountains hundreds of feet high.
4. Hawaii volcano lava flow
This video from the United States Geological Survey shows molten rock from two huge cracks form into a single channel. The stream traveled 300 meters in under an hour.
5. Lava Pours Steadily From Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano
Researchers observe lava from Kilauea volcano steadily flow off a cliff into the ocean and turn into steam. The anchored boat provides a good measure of how massive the lava is.
6. Collapse of the Pu’u ‘O ‘o Crater Floor on March 5, 2011
Watch through to see this volcanic crater transform from a flat surface to a violent pool of lava.
7. Drone Footage of Hawaiian Lava River (May 23, 2018)
This compilation of Hawaii lava videos shows lava rivers overtaking land from the sky.
8. 11/12/2014 – Hawaii Lava Flow reaches Transfer Station – Flowing downhill to Road
Puna lava flows from the Pu’u O’o crater and melts through a fence after overtaking its first house.
9. Hawaii: Lava flow and ocean entry
Salty ocean waves and red hot lava flows meet on Hawaii’s coastline.
10. Ravioli & Lava 2 Nikon D800 and GoPro
Lava flows consume a can of Chef Boyardee and turn its raviolis into steam. *Not a recommended way to cook your noodles.*
The only thing better than watching this force of nature in Hawaii lava videos is seeing the action live from the sky. Book your seat for a Doors-Off Helicopter Tour and instantly save $65 per seat! You’ll soar over the volcanic activity of Kilauea and gaze upon flowing lava and open vents.