Is Pahoa, the town in the path of the Kilauea volcano’s latest lava flow, destined to become a tourist hot spot? Last month a group of journalists got an official tour, as did a group of schoolchildren who got to see a section of molten rock that crossed a country road, one of several planned field trips aimed at educating local students about the science of eruptions. Officials say the pilot program will help them decide whether to offer viewing tours to the wider public.
Access so far has been restricted because of safety concerns. The Kilauea volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanos. It has been erupting continuously for more than 31 years.