Situated along the southern coast of the Hawaiian Islands, KÄ«lauea shield volcano is one of the highly active volcanoes of the total five volcanoes which collectively make up the island of Hawaii. Among all the tourist attractions in Hawaii, this volcano is considered to be the second new sightseeing spot in Hawaii. It is 300,000 to 600,000 years old and at present is most active among the series of volcanoes and seamounts existing in the Hawaiian and Emperor chains.
KÄ«lauea features a large and quite new caldera at the top and there are two eruptive rift zones also. One is spread over 125 km (78 mi) east and the other is extended over 35 km (22 mi) west. KÄ«lauea has been active and spewing lava since ages, and due to this, the meaning of its name stands for "spewing" or "much spreading" in the Hawaiian dialect. The first time when this volcano erupted lava was in1823 and from that time onwards the volcano has been erupting constantly. Eruptions have mostly happened at the southwestern rift zone or at the summit of this volcano.
KÄ«lauea has become a popular hotspot today. It is harmless, interesting and well monitored. To reach here, a tourist has to take the route to the refurbished Kilauea Visitor Center.
19° 25′ 15.95″ N,
155° 17′ 12.34″ W