The volcano first started erupting on May 3 after a lava lake in the crater of Kilauea began to drop, increasing pressure inside the mountain.
Lava erupted 50 metres into the air and around 1,500 residents were evacuated from their homes in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
The initial eruption also triggered a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the southern slope of the volcano on May 4, and caused fissures to develop close to residential areas including the Leilani Estates.
By May 9, at least 27 homes had been destroyed by fast-moving lava flows in the Leilani Estates, and a new eruption forced the Civil Defence Agency to order residents in the neighbouring Lanipuna Gardens to evacuate.
The United States Geological Survey issued a red warning on May 15, signalling that a major volcanic eruption was imminent.
Flight warnings were also issued to airline companies on May 16 due to an ash plume which rose several kilometres in the air.
On May 23 the Hilo Civil Air Patrol captured the first images of the lava entering the sea, creating plumes of laze.
These corrosive seawater clouds are laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
By May 27 lava flows engulfed the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant, raising concerns that toxic gases could be released if the plant’s wells were damaged.
Flammable pentane stored at the plant had been removed before the lava flows reached the facility, but people raised concerns about why the plant was built so close to the volcano.
Hawaii’s largest freshwater lake, Green Lake, was engulfed by lava on June 2, producing a thick white plume of water vapour which billowed hundreds of feet above the lake.
It took only an hour and a half for the lava to evaporate the entire water body which was 200 feet deep.
On June 6 lava flows destroyed around 600 homes in Kapoho Bay, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland on the east coast.
The molten lava entered the sea and extended the coastline by close to a mile from its original position in Kapoho Bay.
Kilauea was rocked by a further 5.6 magnitude earthquake on June 6, and a toxic ash cloud rose 10,000 feet into the sky.
Hawaii’s volcano has now entered its seventh week of activity, and earthquakes continue to shake the volcano’s summit.
482 earthquakes were recorded in just 24 hours, and lava flows from the explosive fissure 8 show no signs of slowing down.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) commented on the ongoing lava flows, stating: “Fissure 8 lava fountains continue to heights of 130-140 ft from within the growing cone of cinder and spatter, which is now about 140ft at its highest point.
“Fountaining at Fissure 8 continues to feed the fast-moving channelised flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho.
“Two prominent entries are creating vigorous steam plumes.
“Offshore of the entries, areas of upwelling have become more dispersed than when initially sighted.”