The inner crater at Halema`uma`u filled with lava to the point the it was overflowing onto the crater floor and was clearly visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook. I headed to Hilo with my father and stayed at my brother's house in Hawaiian Paradise Park to see Halema`uma`u in action. The first night (about 1:00 am) it was cloudy and rainy. The Jaggar overlook was nearly empty. The lava lake was spectacular! Not great for taking pictures.
Robert overlooking the Halema`uma`u lake of lava.
I returned the next night with my father at around 10:00 pm. It was packed! For about 20 minutes the skies cleared and the lava was spectacular.
We also checked out Pahoa and the recent lava flow at the Pahoa Transfer Station.
Apa`a Street, Pahoa:
What remains of the only home in Pahoa overrun by lava.