Hard to believe that prior to 2018, the last big eruption from the volcano Kilauea on the Big Island happened 35 years ago. At that point in my life I was completely engrossed in selling real estate in Newport Beach (southern California). I do not recall listening to music or even watching television in the early 1980s, but I do remember that event. Back then every volcanco I compared to Pompeii. Picturing a city frozen in time, people covered in lava as they prepared dinner.
When my husband and I first viewed Kilauea it was by helicopter. I was amazed at how small it was, and the steam emitting from Pu'u O-o. Even more so when we stepped out of the helicopter and I asked my husband what was in the bag he held. He said, "You do not want to know."
One can also view Kilauea from the Volcano House, which is where I traveled to last week during the first day of Trump's government shut-down.
You can read more about Kilauea and view a slew of photographs at this link: Photos of Kilauea at the End of 2018.