April 29, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Tonight we had two groups go out and both groups were able to view lava up close safely. The eastern lobe of the leading edge has moved approximately 300 yds east from where it was two weeks ago. Continued DI deflation has affected the amount of activity at the flow front. If DI deflation continues, the lava on the coastal plains may cease. We will keep an eye on the deflation and may have to cancel tomorrow’s tour and possibly the next couple of days tours. We don’t want to take anyone out if there is nothing too see, or false advertise to anyone. For more info you can give us a call at (808) 936-0456. Until nextime, Aloha!

April 26, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Tonight we had two tours go out. The first was the 4:00pm and the second was the 5:00 pm. Both groups were able to safely get up close to surface flows. The leading edge of the eastern lobe has advanced just a little. The  lava is approximately 0.6 mi away from hitting the ocean. Small surface flows could  seen on the Pulama Pa. As of right now, the Tilt meter is currntly showing DI Inflation , so we can expect lots of lava. Until next time!

04/25/2012 Lava Update

Aloha everyone! Flows have been active on the coastal plains. DI inflation had started late yesterday and activity had picked up since last night’s tours. Lava could be viewed in many different breakouts on the coastal plains. The eastern lobe had move tremendously to the east. A finger of Lava is moving easterly towards the Kalapana area. Lava is still a far distance away from the ocean. No ocean entries at this time or soon. The flow front had stalled out a couple days ago but had started to become active again. Also glow could be seen on the Pulama pali from different points. Could be little breakouts or sky lights over the tube system which is feeding this flow on the coastal plains. Mahalo and also check out the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website to have a better idea of the activity. Till next time a hui hou!

This next shot is from our office in Kaimu. Glow from Pu’u O’o and the moon and all the stars.

April 25, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha Viewers! Last night we had two 4pm tours and both was able to view surface flows up close and safely. The leading edge of the flow is still active and slowly advancing east and toward the ocean (0.7 mi away). Small surface breakouts could be seen up in the Royal Gardens Subdivision. Tonight we will also be going out at 4pm and 5pm. Until next time, Aloha!

April 23, 2012

Aloha! The leading edge of the eastern lobe has advanced further east by approximately 150-250 yds and our group was able to get up close to surface flows safely. There was a lot of lava to be seen tonight with the leading edge being fairly active.  The distance between the leading edge and the ocean is approximately 0.7 mi. Small surface breakouts could be seen at the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision, although from our vantage point they look no more than a couple of red dots. All in all tonight was a success, even though our group was sprinkled by a little bit of rain. Till next time, Aloha!

April 22, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! What a beautiful day and night it was. Not only LAVA was visible but so many stars could be seen tonight. The 4pm tour was an awesome tour. The flow front had stalled out but just a couple hundred yards towards the Pali there were many breakouts. The flow front had moved to the east. It had moved around a hundred yards to the east of the original flow field. By a GPS tracking system it is about 2.5 miles to the actual flow. It is getting shorter by the day. Over a dozen of breakouts could be seen in just a small area. From rivers of Lava to slow majestic flows. Take your pick! It was there to see. Being out there for over 2 1/2 hours it was amazing. A couple of red spots could be seen on the Pali but really small. Could be sky lights from the tube system or really minor breakouts. Mahalo and book a tour today. Activity is high right now!

April 21, 2012 Tour

Saturday’s tours went well. Both groups got up to flowing lava safely. Flows from Friday have advanced a little, but has not reached the the area were the leading edge stalled out earlier in the week. Still, the flows were pretty active with many breakouts visible. On the Pulama Pali, there were breakouts visible through the trail of smoke caused by the lava flowing through lava tubes.

Weather was cooperative most of the time, although we got sprinkled on. The tilt meter is now recording DI inflation, which started at around 12:00 noon on Saturday. If your wondering what a tilt meter is or what DI inflation is, you can check out the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/update/deformation.php) for more information.All in all the trip was a great one. Aloha!

 

Update April 20, 2012

Aloha! The leading edge of the eastern lobe has slowed, but there is more lava that has broken out just above the leading edge. The surface flow our group saw tonight was very active. Our group was able to get up to the surface flow safely. Two small surface flows  were visible at the top of the Royal Gardens Subdivision, while the majority of the flow is traveling to the coastal plains via lava tubes. Tonight was a beautiful one with clear skies and lots of stars visible. Until tomorrow, Aloha!