The U.S. Geological Survey posted webcam footage of an ash plume billowing from the Kilauea's summit, and a plume of ash from an observation tower.
Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes.
Geologists had warned that a chain of explosive eruptions could begin once Kilauea's falling lava lake descended below the water table, allowing water to run on to the top of the lava column and create steam-driven blasts.
It is among the five volcanoes that form the Big Island, and it is the only one actively erupting.
Residents as far away as Hilo, about 50 kilometres from Kilauea, were starting to notice the volcano's effects.
A spike in toxic sulfur dioxide gas closed schools around the village of Pahoa, 25 miles (40 km) east of the volcano, where lava from fissures has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced about 2,000 residents to evacuate.
Time lapse images show ash plume rising from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. In addition to this the USGS geologists have also said that larger and much more powerful events might be expected in the future.
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"They'd even take their little postcards, burn one corner in the lava flow, mail then off, stuff like that", he said.
"Protect yourself from ash fallout", it said.
Two astronauts also reported being able to see an ash plume from the volcano from space earlier this week.
"Our shelters are set up so we're not downwind from where the gasses are", he said. In these days, smaller eruptions there sent ash surging into the sky.
By a co-accident, on the Thursday's explosive event comes one day before the 94th anniversary of that death and on the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. He explained from time to time he can feel the rumblings from the active volcano.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI - MAY 15: A man drives a golf cart at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Eruptions involving magma offer warning signs for a potential evacuation, that is consists of the inflation of the surrounding ground, seismic activity caused rocks break and changes in the gases being vented.
Mount Pinatubo last erupted in 1991, killing more than 350 people in what became the second-largest eruption of the 20th century.