Kīlauea is a volcano in the Hawaiian Islands - one of five shield volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiʻi. Kīlauea means "spewing" or "much spreading" in the Hawaiian language, referring to its frequent outpouring of lava. The Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone has been continuously erupting in the eastern rift zone since 1983, making it the longest rift-zone eruption of the last 200 years. In fact, lava less than 1000 years old covers 90% of Kīlauea and the volume of erupted material is large enough to pave a road around the world three times. This continual eruption makes it the most dangerous volcano in America.
On a once in a lifetime trip, we were able to fly in a helicopter (no doors - feel the heat!) over the volcano and around the Volcanoes National Park...it was scary, I'm not sure how I let go to take any photos! :)