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Kalapana Lava Viewing Area remains free


The county Department of Parks and Recreation reminds residents and visitors there are no fees to visit the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area located near the end of Highway 130 in lower Puna.

A private security company opens the free public viewing area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

To access the area, go to the end of Highway 130 and drive about two-thirds of a mile over a combination of old lava flows and new sections of asphalt to reach the parking lot and security shed.

Once there, visitors may walk a short distance to a lava mound with white markings that serves as the viewing platform.

The land alongside the road and beyond the viewing platform is private property, and public access is prohibited.

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