01/22/2012- Update

Aloha everyone! Lava seems to be entering our area again. Tours could be scheduled soon. A nice size of surface flows has been reported to be less then a mile from the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision. This flow could be reachable by hiking to it. We will be scouting this flow and taking gps readings to find out the actual distance from our start point on Tuesday. Stay tune for more information on this flow and also pictures of this flow will be uploaded on Tuesdays blog. Mahalo

Recent earthquakes had shook the Kalapana area. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake and over 20 after shocks had shook us today. It was centered 4miles south of Pu’u O’o crater. This event could mean alot of things. Check out the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatury website.

Update 01/12/12

Aloha everybody! The lava flows are about 2-3mi away from Pu’u O’o and heading towards the Royal Gardens Subdivision. We are  in the process of creating tours that will be available to guests soon. One is an all day expedition tour, which will start at 6am and end by 4 pm. The next is an overnight experience, which will start at 2pm and stay overnight and hike back in the morning. Both tours will include meals. We will blog about the details as soon as we set these tour packages up.

This picture was taken this week @ 7-something at night.

Pics of what you will see now on our tours.

Until next time, Aloha!


Aloha everyone again! Lava is still entering the tube system and flowing towards the Royal Gardens subdivision. Friends, who are pilots for tour helicopters, reported that they could see lava and nice breakouts between Pu’u O’o vent and Royal Gardens subdivision. Lava is slowly reaching the Kalapana area. Tours possibly could pick up in the next couple weeks.

This picture is what’s left on the north eastern part of the Royal Gardens subdivision. The lava is approximately 2 miles west of this exact spot. Recent lava flows had just scrapped the edges of this area. Who knows this could be gone in the next couple weeks.

Map showing the extent of lava flows erupted during Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption and labeled with the years in which they were active. Episodes 1–48b (1983–1986) is shown in dark gray; Episodes 48c–49 (1986–1992) is pale yellow; Episodes 50–53 and 55 (1992–2007) is tan; Episode 54 (1997) is yellow; Episode 58 (2007–2011) is pale orange; the episode 59 Kamoamoa eruption (March 2011) is at left in light reddish orange; and the episode 60 Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō overflows and flank breakout (Mar–August 2011) is orange. The currently active flow (episode 61) is shown as the two shades of red—pink is the extent of the flow from September 21 to December 13, and bright red marks flow expansion from December 13 to December 27. The fissure eruption that started this flow opened on September 21, which was the anniversary of International Peace Day. Thus, we are informally calling this the Peace Day flow. The flow continues to enter the ocean at the West Ka‘ili‘ili entry site, where a narrow lava delta is being constructed.

This is the map of Lava flows dating back to the early 80s to present. It is approximately 4 miles from Pu’u O’o crater to the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision. Lava has been reported to be between both areas. This map is brought to you by the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory website.

Hopefully we will be taking tours soon! ALOHA



Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

Aloha everyone! Sorry but we have cancelled all of our lava tours for the week until further notice. Lava had stop flowing in the Kalapana area. We are keeping an eye on the activity everyday. Lava is still entering the tube system from Pu’u O’o vent. Helicopter pilots from Paradise Helicopters have been seeing Lava in the sky lights above the Royal Gardens subdivision. Hopefully it will be flowing soon.

Also check out the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory website for more information. The Electronic Tilt Meter have been showing fluctuations in the past couple days. Friends who are geologists have been reporting that this behavior is unheard of. This might increase or decrease activity on the east rift zone. Stay tuned for more info on the LAVA.

January 2, 2012

Aloha everyone! Hope everybody is having a good start to their New Year. We are now offering tours at 6:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00pm. Tours are now going to the top of the Royal Gardens Pali. Average hiking time is about 2 hrs one way. Hikers must be above average being that this is an EXTREME hike. Tonight’s tours were successful with both tours getting up close to some surface flow. The lava that was seen was a mixture of Pahoehoe and A’a. The area was still hot, with steam rising in the distance. This is called “White Out”. Guides on the first tour were Gabe and Andrew. On the second tour the guide was Ethan. Lava is still entering the tube system, but is not making it to the coastal plains, or the West Kaili’ili ocean entry. We will be doing tours tomorrow also. Until next time Aloha!

January 1, 2012

Aloha everyone and Happy New Year! Tonight lava was visible at the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision. A large breakout could be seen from the public viewing area in Kalapana. Also breakouts on the middle of the Royal Gardens subdivision could also be seen. Tours may be available on January 3, 2012 on. We will first be scouting the area to find a safe vantage point. Guests must be above adequate or excellent hikers.

The Electronic Tilt Meter on the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory website recorded minor inflation and deflation. Lava is still flowing in the tube system. Even on deflation, Lava still could be seen in Kalapana. We will be anticipating a inflation in the next 48 hours. The next inflation will increase the Royal Gardens breakout.

This picture was taken a little over a month ago. This is the same area of where the Royal Gardens breakout is being reported. This picture was taken just a week before the new west Ka ili’il ocean entry. This was the beginning of the new lava flow in Kalapana.