1 1/2 -minutes -- Kilauea's active Halema'uma'u Crater
After sharing a Thanksgiving dinner with friends at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) just down the road from Halema'uma'u Crater, I drove to the Jaggar Museum where the best view of the crater is and took these combined video clips to share with you. Soundtrack: Aia lā 'o Pele (Mele Honoring volcano goddess Pele) By 'Iolani Luahine
~~ Oh, and very near the end, when I am zoomed in on the crater vent after dark, you will see a Hawaiian owl, called a pueo (pooh-ay-oh) here, soaring across the top portion of the scene :)
March 19th, 2008 is when this active vent blasted its way through the main crater floor leaving a hole about 165 feet across. At that time molten lava was a long way down from the edge at around 650 feet below of the new vents rim. These days the broiling lake of lava inside there is holding at around the 250- feet of the vents rim, and the width of the nearly vertical walled vent is now 500-feet across!
Leigh - Leigh Hilbert Photography