‘We feel so lucky’: Crowds flock to Maunakea VIS to see Mauna Loa eruption

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Dozens of people take photos Saturday as the clouds part on Pu'u Kalepeamoa near the Maunakea Visitor Information Station.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Cars wait to drive up to the summit of Maunakea at the Visitor Information Station on Saturday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald People view the glow from the Mauna Loa eruption Saturday from Pu'u Kalepeamoa near the Maunakea Visitor Information Station. While clouds covered the lava flow, dozens of people continued to wait to see something from the eruption.

Thousands of residents and tourists braved the cold and the possibility of altitude sickness last weekend to see one of the best views of the Mauna Loa eruption — from its sister volcano, Maunakea.