July 21, 2016 Morning Tour


Hope that everyone is having an awesomeday! Our July 21, 2016 morning tours were great. Our groups were able to safely view multiple surface breakouts within a few feet. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 0.5 mi away from the ocean and is widening. The tiltmeter shows an inflationary trend, which means that the volume of lava that is flowing out of the vent is at a high rate. Visit http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/update/deformation.php to see the progress and for more info.

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We are also offering Bike and Hike tours in which we bike a portion of the tour and hike the other portion. Call (808) 345-4964 for more info. Hope everyone stays safe with Tropical Storm Darby on the way. Until next time, A Hui Hou and Aloha!

July 19, 2016 Tours

Aloha Once again!

Our tours have resumed and we have actively been doing them for approximately three weeks now. The surface flows are extremely active at this time. During the past three weeks the flow has advanced continuously and is approximately 0.5 mi from the ocean. During the first two weeks of the flow making its way down the Pulama Pali, there were multiple rivers of lava, some of which were burning a remaining section of the Royal Gardens subdivision.


(Above photo is from two weeks ago)

Last nights tour saw many surface breakouts and our guests were treated to an amazing show. A surface breakout happened once again near the bottom of the Pali and a nice river could be seen flowing. Awesome activity.

To book a tour call us at (808) 345-4964 or visit us at www.kalapanaculturaltours.com

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Whale Watching and Waterfall Tour February 03, 2014

Aloha Folks! Todays tour was awesome as we were able to see the waterfalls clearly. The weather was overcast and the ocean was calm, which made for a smooth and enjoyable ride. During this tour we witnessed an unbelievable sight as we saw Dolphins and Whales swimming next to each other. This was amazing and is another one of those things that make you feel insignificant. What a treat to be able to see these two majestic species swimming together. We spent more time finding whales and from a safe distanced we viewed many breaches, tail-flukes, tail and fin slapping. Not only are there adult Humpback whales, but we also saw the ever-playful baby Humpback whales, whose mothers are always nearby. What an amazing day. If that wasn’t enough, we even saw Manta Rays. Great Times. Until next time, Aloha!

Coastal/Whale Watching Tour January 18, 2014

Aloha Gang! The tours we had on Jan. 18 were awesome and our guests were extremely pleased with the beautiful scenery and of course the Whales. There were many whales that we viewed from a safe distance, including a calf  that was extremely playful and could be seen breaching and tail slapping. A few of the mature Humpbacks were seen breaching, tail slapping and just having a great time. The waterfalls were an awesome addition to the whales as well as the beautiful coastline. What an awesome day! Join us for an experience of a lifetime. Aloha

p.s. pics will be uploaded later today

Coastal/Whale Watching Tour- January 14, 2014

Aloha Everyone! The lava is currently still In a closed area that is illegal to hike to, so we are not conducting any lava hikes.

However, our Coastal/Whale Watching tours are operational. We passed by multiple remnants of sugar mills, which are a big part of Hawaii’s history. The waterfalls were awesome as they were flowing really well. The Whales were also in the area and we were able to see a few of them at a good distance. What an awesome surprise that added to the already great day. Until next time, Aloha!




Lava Tour Update

Aloha!  The active lava in Hawaii is currently flowing in an area that is CLOSED due to LETHAL CONDITIONS; therefore there are no lava tours offered at this time. (We conduct whale watching coastal boat tours to secret waterfalls so please call 808-936-0456 for more information). We understand that Hawaiiʻs visitors put significant trust in tour guiding companies and assure you that our guestʻs safety is our number one priority. Please be aware that if there are ANY companies or individuals offering tours to the active lava flow at this time that they are ILLEGALLY trespassing, lethal, indefinitely, closed area where no hiking permits are given.   Contact Hawaiiʻs Department of Land and Natural Resources (http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/land/contact/) who will assure you that nobody is allowed access into this area.

Be assured that as soon as the lava is in a safely accessible and legal area, an update will be posted on this blog and Kalapana Cultural Tours will continue operating lava tours. Until then, we will respect that the Volcano Goddess is taking a rest. We welcome any questions on lava conditions or if you would like to book a Hidden Waterfalls/Whale Watching boat tour: Call (808) 936-0456 open daily 9AM -5PM or email us at www.sales@kalapanaculturaltours.com


October 06, 2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha Gang! We will be resuming tours soon as the lava activity is picking up since the stalling out due to the major deflation last week. Breakouts are visible on the Pali and are approximately in the same area that we were touring to last week. We will be booking tours tentatively for tomorrow.

For more information contact us at 808-936-0456. Stay tuned for more updates. Aloha and A Hui Hou!

October 1st, 2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha! This mornings tour was able to see lava, but it has slowed down tremendously since the past few nights. The morning tour was treated to an a’a flow, which was a little sluggish, but the guests were very pleased and excited with the activity that they did see. The slow down in activity is caused by the ongoing deflation at the summit of Kilauea and the Pu’u O’o vent.

Due to the lava conditions slowing down tremendously tours have been cancelled, but we will be keeping an eye on the activity and may resume within a few days. Aloha!


September 30, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity has slowed slightly, but we were still able to view lava. As the sun set the colors of the lava really began to pop out. The flow slowing down can be credited to the deflation recorded by the tilt meter at Kilauea summit and the Pu’u O’o vent. This flow is still considered to be the Peace Day flow, which stalled on the coastal plains and stopped flowing into the ocean. Our guests had a great time with what they saw. Another beautiful evening.

Pics will be posted soon