Lava is transformed into land as it spews into the shores off the coastline between Waikupanaha and the Hawaii Volcano National Park in April 2013.
Kawika Singson took advantage of the short period of calm waters to get close enough to film lava as it cascaded into the ocean.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Kilauea, one of the volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii, is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. As the lava meets the cool waters, a fragile land formation called lava-delta begins to form from accumulated cooled, solid lava fragments.
But, land is a loose word to describe the anomaly. The delta can collapse and sink beneath the ocean's surface as the layers of debris begin to shift, and the fragmented foundation cannot support the growing delta, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Even though the lava so seamlessly creates new land, Singson knew it just as easily could fall apart. According to The Huffington Post, Singson had to navigate lava fields and tolerate toxic gases to reach the position where he took the video.