14 Mesmerizing Lava Photos From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

It's flowing into the sea for the first time in years.

Eyes are on Hawaii's Big Island these days, where lava is flowing into the ocean for the first time in three years. Local folk and travelers alike are hiking in for miles along a treacherous approach — or viewing by helicopter, or boat — to see the awesome spectacle within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here are 14 photos that show off the dazzling drama.

1Lava Meets Ocean

A photo posted by Tracey Niimi (@traceyniimi) on

It's magical, isn't it?

2Goddess Pele

Props to this gorgeous hula queen. 

3Smile Afire

A photo posted by Lori (@tiki_jones_) on

Coincidence? Maybe. But this volcano seems like a happy one. 

4Night Sky Magic

A photo posted by Kass Young (@kashew) on

The sight of the blaze against the stars is absolutely breathtaking.  

5Surreal and Steamy

A photo posted by Island Livity (@john_kapono) on

Where there's smoke (and steam), there's fire, right?

6Getting Too Close?

A photo posted by G. Brad Lewis (@gbradlewis) on

Thank you to all of the folks who got near enough to bring us these photos. Respect. 

7Lava Rocks

It's all a part of the process. 

8The Volcano's Beauty

It's an undeniably stunning show.

9Silhouette Glow

Daily dose of zen. 

10Earth Formation

A photo posted by Sail Maui (@sail_maui) on

And this is how it happens — this is how earth-stuff is made. Neat, right?

11Meeting Point

A photo posted by Kevin Tengan (@kevintengan) on

It's an intense combination. 

12Melting and Molding

It's awesome in the most literal sense of the word.

13Always Burning

For now. 

14Advice From a Volcano

Brilliant philosophy, if you ask us.

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