I want to tell you a story about Madame Pele. She is the Goddess of fire who makes her home in the Kilauea Crater. When angry she vents it by spitting fire and lava, thus creating the Hawaiian Islands. Wow, thats one peeved chick! She is able to take human form and usually appears before an eruption as either a beautiful young woman or as an old hag with a white dog. She is usually seen at night up on Saddle road trying to hitchhike. Be kind and polite because she expects to be treated well. You can usually appease the firey Pele with bottles of gin (she use to like ohelo berries) but her tastes have definitely changed!
Weather at Kilauea's summit (which is 4000' elevation) can vary and it is best to be prepared for anything. It can be windy and wet or hot and dry.