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Big Island Lava boat ride
As we neared the volcano, my fear turned into wonder and awe as we approached the 2,000 degree molten lava flowing into the sea, creating cascading mountains of steam,. Photo by Jane Howze
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Up close and personal with the volcano. Photo by Jane Howze
Big Island Pele Volcano Goddess
Pele the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire reputedly lives in the Kilauea volcano.  Photo by Jane Howze
Big Island Lava boat ride
Lava Ocean Tours offers sunrise, daily and sunset trips to view the lava upclose. Photo courtesy of Lava Ocean Tours
Big Island Lava boat ride
Beautiful scenery was blocked by sea spray as the boat made its way to its destination. Photo by Jane Howze
Big Island Lava boat ride
The sea, steam and darkness was reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. Photo by Jane Howze
Volcano boat Jane Howze and John Mann
Our "roller coaster" seats for the lava boat ride. Photo by Jane Howze
Big Island Lava boat ride
After covering 17 miles of coastline in about 45 minutes, we could see plumes of smoke rising from the ocean in the distance. Photo by Jane Howze