February 28, 2012

Aloha! Tonight’s tour was successful, even with the rain. Our group was able to get right up to the surface flows that are flowing down the eastern side of the December 2011 flow. Smoke could be seen as lava is now burning the Royal Gardens Subdivision once again. This current lava flow is very wide and different fingers can be seen in this composite photograph, which can be seen on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (hvo.com).

This image shows a thermal image and a regular photograph combined.  In the photo you can see that the Eastern flow is making it’s way along  the subdivision.  In the next photo you can see the tiltmeter, which can be found at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

Until next time Aloha!

February 27, 2012

    

    Aloha Everyone! Tonight’s tour was successful and our group got up to some surface flows safely. The flow is making it’s way down the Pali and is following the eastern edge of the December flows. Soon the leading edge will be at the bottom of the Pali.There were also some trees on fire and  you can see that the Royal Gardens subdivision is getting smaller.  Until next time, Aloha!

February 25, 2012

Aloha! The new flow is making it’s way down along the eastern side of the December 2011 flows. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 4 mi southeast of Pu’u O’o. Last night’s tour was successful and our group was able to safely get up to some surface flows. There were many fingers of lava in the area that we were at. The Royal Garden’s subdivision seems to be getting smaller with each lava flow that comes down the Pali. One resident still lives in the otherwise abandoned subdivision. Soon the leading edge of the flow will reach the bottom of the Royal Garden’s subdivision. Until next time, Aloha!

February 21, 2012

Aloha! Tonight’s tours were cancelled because of the weather. The rain is pouring down and we don’t want to get caught in a “white-out”. This is what happens when rain meets with hot lava and steam is created. There is so much steam that you cannot see where you are going and you lose your sense of direction. Risk of injury is increased during white-outs. The leading edge of the flow is about 3/4 of the way down the Pali. Hopefully tomorrow’s weather is more cooperative. Until tomorrow, Aloha!

Picture from February 19, 2012.

 

February 20, 2012

Aloha! Last nights tour was great even though we got wet. There was a short downpour, but we were able to dry off next to the lava. Our guests were estatic to be able to get that close safely. The leading edge of the flow is about 3/4 of the way down the Pali. We will have some tours going out tonight also. Until next time, Aloha!

February 16, 2012

Aloha! Surface flows were visible and our tour was able to get close to the flow. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 1/2 of the way down the Pali. The flow field is wide and has many fingers of lava. This could also be the reason for the flow being a little sluggish two nights ago. The Tiltmeter is recording a DI inflation at this time, so the flow should continue. Until next time, Aloha!

 

 

February 15, 2012

Aloha! Last night’s tour was successful with both tours being able to get up close to some surface flows. The flow has advanced approximately 1/3 to 1/2 the way down the Pali. Both tours were able to see rivers of lava heading down the hillside. We have one tour scheduled for this afternoon at 2:00pm. We will update the blog after this tour. Until then, Aloha!.

February 13, 2012

Aloha everybody! Today’s tour was successful and was able to safely get up to some nice surface flows. Our guides also saw some steam clouds near the ocean that may possibly be an ocean entry. The Electronic Tiltmeter (which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website) has recorded a DI inflation at Halema’uma’u. Pu’u O’o is connected to Halema’uma’u and will most likely record a DI inflation as well. Until next time, Aloha!

February 9, 2012 Morning Tour

Aloha Everyone! Lava is in our area again and tours will be starting up again. These photos are from today’s tour. There were big surface flows that were seen on our tour that went out this morning. The leading edge moved about 50 yds in the hour that we spent at the flow. Hikers must be very adequate because this is an extreme hike. Average time one way is about 2 hrs. The tour will stay at the lava flow for approximately 1 hr. Total tour time is approximately 5 hrs. See more pictures of today’s tour in our gallery. Also check out our videos of this flow which will be uploaded on February 10, 2012.