HILO (AP) - Lava is flowing from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island and reaching the ocean for the first time in nearly a year, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Lava flows on the coastal plain were seen entering the ocean Saturday afternoon. The eruption continued at two locations - Puu Oo vent in the volcano's East rift zone, and a lava lake in Halemaumau crater at the summit, West Hawaii Today reported Monday.
News of the lava reaching the ocean is creating a buzz among those guiding lava viewing tours.
Independent tour guide Bo Lozoff predicted that excitement around the lava flow will create "kind of a zoo for the next couple of weeks" as locals and tourists both try to get an up-close and personal view of the molten rock streaming into the water.
"It's beautiful," Lozoff said. "For those of us who have seen a lot of ocean entries, it's not the most dynamic or spectacular one, but for the four people I took out this (Sunday) morning, it's the most unbelievable experience of their lives."
Ikaika Marzo, a guide for Kalapana Cultural Tours, said the lava is the pahoehoe variety, which usually moves quickly. He said this flow "is pretty much trickling into the ocean."
Lozoff said it could pick up.
"There are really nice flows on top feeding it. I would hope that it would become a little more robust," he said.