Volcano Watch: Hawaii’s volcanoes are quiet and it’s a bit spooky

At 7 p.m. HST on October 19, 2021, the glow from Halema‘uma‘u lava lake colored the gas plume from the erupting west vent red. Meanwhile, the moon was rising in the east, further illuminating the scene above the summit of Kilauea. The photo was taken from the old crater rim drive on the west side of the crater. (J. Schmith/USGS)

Here in Hawaii nei, we don’t have the dramatically changing leaf colors and brisk temperatures that mark the arrival of fall. And as October arrived this year, our night skies were dark, with no warm orange glow indicative of lava erupting on the surface.