March 29, 2012

Aloha! Last night’s tour was able to get up close to some surface flows safely. The leading edge of the flow is still active on the coastal plains. Also the flow seems to be slowly moving eastward and of course towards the ocean. Lava could still be seen cascading down the hillside. Until next time, Aloha!

This chart shows us how much LAVA is flowing in our area. Green line represents Halema’uma’u and blue represents Pu’u O’o vent which is the vent that is feeding our flows here in Kalapana. It shows low activity on the chart but our guides have reported that the activity is elevated on coastal plains. Activity is on the eastern part of the flow field.

March 28, 2012 Update

Aloha! Last night and yesterday’s tours were successful with all tours being able to get up close to lava safely. We had a daytime tour and two 4 pm tours. Lava could  be seen cascading down the hillside again, while the coastal plains also was high in activity. The flow is slowly advancing eastward and toward the ocean, but still has along way to go. The weather has been a little unstable with morning showers and minor showers in the afternoon, but clear skies have prevailing in the afternoon otherwise. Until next time, Aloha!

March 26, 2012 Update

Aloha! The lava flows are still active and is slowly advancing toward the ocean. Our tour could safely view many different surface flows.  Flows could be seen cascading down the hillside. Rivers of lava at the western part of Royal Gardens was very active. We could see a flow front to the eastern part of Royal Gardens also.strong glow could be seen above the Pali and intensify through the night. The flow front was steadily advancing to the east and the flow was very wide. Our group stayed out longer then normal cause of the lava activity.. Overall activity was high. Walking distance is shorting by the day because of advancement to the east. Until next time, Aloha!

March 25, 2012 Update

Aloha Everyone! This Sunday evening was amazing and awesome. The flow field had increased in activity in a few hours during our stay there. We could get up to some spectacular surface flows. Many surface flows could be spotted on the coastal plains and also on Royal Gardens hillside. Many rivers could be seen on the hillside. The tour lasted about 5 1/2 hours. Duration time at the flow was 2 hours and 45 min. We could get the tour up to a couple of incredibly fast moving rivers, which our guides haven’t seen in a while. We are anticipating that Monday’s tour will see the same. Until next time. Aloha!

This is a picture of one of many surface outbreaks.

Our tour getting up close and personal with the eastern breakout.

These pictures  are at the flow front. Approximately 1/2 mile from the base of the Pali and 2 miles from the ocean.

Awesome picture at dark with our tourist enjoying the rivers advancing down the hillside.

Group picture of our tour. This could be you!

March 25, 2012

Aloha Everyone! Last night’s tour was successful. Lava was everywhere in the area that we went to. Our group got up to really nice surface flows safely. Lava was cascading down the Pali and is making it’s way toward the ocean, but is still about a mile from the ocean. The large amount of lava coming down the Pali is in response to the DI inflation. The weather was a little unstable, but it didn’t rain while our group was there. Aloha!

March 21, 2012

Aloha! Last night’s tours were successful with both of our groups safely getting up to some surface lava. The tiltmeter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, measures the inflation/deflation of the magma storage areas beneath the caldera or Pu’u O’o. An inflation would indicate that more lava is being produced. The tiltmeter was on a deflation, then changed to inflation, and is now back to deflation. The amount of lava was not as much as the past days, but we were still able to find some surface lava. This is in response to the deflation that happened for two days. We will be having tours going out tonight, but we will be keeping an eye on the tiltmeter. Until next time, Aloha!

March 18, 2012 Update

Aloha! Lava is still making it’s way along the coastal plains and is still coming down the western lobe. The eastern lobe has slowed down and seems to have stopped. Tonight we got up to some surface flow safely. The lava that is coming down the western lobe is spreading out across the coastal plains and toward the ocean.

Until next time, Aloha!

March 17, 2012 Update

Aloha! Tonight’s tour was successful. The leading edge of the lava was very active, with the western lobe moving eastward. The flow field has spread out quickly and more lava could be seen just on the eastern side of the western lobe. DI inflation is most likely the reason for that new flow making it’s way down the Pali. Our group safely got up to some surface flow and was able to view the slow moving Paho’eho’e lava.

Here is an old road in the Royal Gardens subdivision, which was  slightly overrun by the Lava.

An old car that was left on the road in Royal Gardens.

An old street sign.

Surface lava that we were able to get up to.

Until next time, Aloha!

March 15 Lava Update

Aloha again everyone! March 14 tour was a successful one. It was approximately a 1 and 1/2 hour hike out to the lava. The eastern lobe had stalled out and there were no glow to be seen from that lobe also. Lava could be safely viewed at the base of the Royal Subdivision Pali. The Western lobe was active and alive. Lava flowed easterly from the last flow. Our tour could get up to many different surface flows. Here are some pictures of last nights tour.

This is a shot of the flow below the stalled out eastern lobe.

As you can see our Tour in the back ground at another flow.

Shot of the flow field moving down the coastal plains.

This is a view of where Jack Thompson’s house once stood from the coastal plains. As you can see some bright area’s of lava on the top of the Pali.

This is a shot of a channelized tube system on the eastern side of the Royal Gardens Subdivision.

One of the last signs of a subdivision. Here are couple of streets spared by the Lava. Only a matter of time till this will be covered. Wild pigs still occupy this little forest of  hope.

This is a shot of the flow field from the Royal Gardens Subdivision.

Mahalo for tuning in. Call for more updates and tour times. Aloha till next time!

 

March 14, 2012 Update

Aloha! Last night’s tour was not as difficult as the previous night. Lava was cascading down the Pali and because of that the group saw the two types of lava, A’a and Pahoehoe. The group got up safely to the surface flow that was the result of the lava coming down the Pali. This was the result of the DI inflation from Monday night and Tuesday. Deflation started at 4:30 this morning, so we will see what happens.Till next time, Aloha!