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!

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