This review is a little late, my wife and I did the hike with David Ewing on July 21, 2013. We met David at his house along with other people who were going on the hike. David is very friendly and knows everything about Kilauea Volcano. I teach Earth Science in Idaho and learned some new things myself. The hike was about 3 miles to the flow going into the ocean. We had a few people in our group who were not in top shape, therefore, we stopped a bit more so they could catch up and rest. No big deal though. We made it to the flow going into the ocean, the sun was setting, and it was the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my life. Stayed for about an hour taking the view in and lots of pictures, then a guide from another tour group came along and said there was a surface flow not far away and in hiking distance. After eating a delicious Cliff Bar thanks to David (he brings a bunch), we were ready to move! I have to say, I thought the flow going into the ocean was the best thing I'd ever seen. But walking right up to this surface flow was the most awesome site ever! Seriously, who can say they have witnessed the primordial power and birth of new land, and poked a stick in molten lava? After spending about another hour there, it was time to hike back. Walked through a very comfortable light rain and warm breeze off the ocean. Felt wonderful! Had to stop often because of the few in our group who had to rest. I didn't care, my night and life was already complete. Once we got back to David's house it was time to head back to Kona. It was pretty late and we drove in a pretty good rain storm. Probably should have stayed in Hilo that night. Be sure to bring good hiking shoes, I wore some all terrain running shoes and they were fine. Also, I wore shorts because that is what I'm used to. But if you fall, volcanic rock is like glass so pants are probably the best option for most. The lava rock can be slick when wet. You will also feel the result of your hike the next day, we relaxed at the beach. If you are normally physically active, this will be easy for you. If you are a couch potato, you will be the one who slows everyone else down. Trust me. If you can't walk several miles, then don't do this. I can't thank David Ewing enough. For me, this was my favorite thing that I did in Hawaii. I will be back!
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