The night time glow of Kilauea


If you are fortunate enough to live in Hawai’i or have visited Hawai’i you’ve probably visited Kilauea and did some sightseeing, hiking, and maybe even walked through the Thurston Lava Tube.  If you have done these things and haven’t visited after sunset, you need to go back! You will not be disappointed by viewing Kilauea at night time. Yes, it is beautiful during the day, but the viewing at night is even more beautiful.

Viewing Kilauea during the day

Since we’ve been in Hawai’i, we’ve heard more than once that if you go to Kilauea, you need to make sure you do a night visit to see the glow of the lava coming from the vent.  Last weekend we decided to take a trip to the other side of the island and spend the night so that we could visit Kilauea after the sun went down and experienced this first hand.

Kilauea at night

The night time glow of Kilauea

While there I decided to test out my new lens to see if I could get a decent picture of the moon.  I’m still working on my night photography, so it’s not the greatest but I think it turned out OK.

Volcanoes National Park Moon shot - Kilauea

I will be working on my night photography so that I can go back up on Kilauea and maybe come a bit closer to taking shots like Ken Boyer and not only get the fantastic night glow but also get the Milkey Way in my shot!

My hope is to be able to get a shot like this one day!  Thanks Ken for allowing me to showcase your photo!

Ken Boyer - Ken Boyer Photography - Kilauea
Photo courtesy of Ken Boyer

I do have to say that it is one cool experience that I’m sure the boys will remember forever!

What is your favorite place to visit at night?


  1. Detroit Duchess

    September 4, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful! One of these days you are going to have to do a Hawaii 101 post for first-time visitors from your perspective. What to see and do, where to stay, etc.
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  2. Rachel

    September 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve been to Kaliayea, through the tunnel, and to the crater. There is nothing else in the world like it. Great pics!


  3. Liz

    September 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I have not been there, but it looks beautiful!
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  4. A Black Sand Beach

    September 6, 2015 at 5:01 am

    […] They have the most unusual sandy beaches that I’ve ever seen.  Recently we went to see the night time glow of Kilauea and on our way back home we finally made the stop to see Punalu’u Beach, where the sand is […]


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