My family is on Kauai this week, and we are wondering if it is possible and practical to do a day trip over to the Big Island to see flowing lava.
Many years ago, I was a able to walk a short distance from the Chain of Crators road and get right up to a nice surface flow. I could literally get as close as the heat would allow, and watch it flow and pool. It was one of the most spectactular and profound experiences of my life. I would love for my wife and son to be able to have the same experience!!
My son is only 10, and my wife isn't a very hard core hiker, so the total round trip walk couldn't be more than a few miles.
What is the current state of the flow? Can you easily walk right up to it?
Thanks in advance for your help!