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Crowds gather to watch the sight of Mauna Loa’s lava flow.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” says Carole Higa. Highway officials warned of $1,000 fines for stopping or walking in another section of road near the volcano. The National Park Service has banned drone flights within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Helicopter tours costing upward of $500 per seat were booked for days in advance. Magma breached the surface of Mauna Loa late Sunday night, its first eruption since 1984.