The Kalapana Lava Hike is a truly unique location for a photoshoot and a once in a lifetime experience. Since 2007 a surface lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been flowing in the East Rift Zone, where lava flows are streaming out of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent.
While the active lava flow can be accessed to visit the lava flow, the Kalapana side is generally preferred.
The unpaved road to the lava field is approximately a 4+ mile hike. While this is a "road," walking on the loose gravel can be a bit daunting. Spending a few dollars on getting a shuttle to take you to the 3rd gate is HIGHLY recommended. Another option is renting a bicycle - though the area is frequently windy and at some point, you will be riding against the wind.
Even though the hike is long, the photos from this type of photoshoot are truly one of a kind and worth the blisters.
The National Park requires a fee to photograph within the park boundaries.