April 8, 2012 Lava Tour

Aloha! The eastern flows have advance towards the ocean since last nights tour. It had advance around 50 to 60 meters from last night. There was a high amount of fingers of LAVA on flow front. We could view many lava fingers in one area. The eastern lobe have been really active in the last couple days due to inflation on the summit. Strong glow also could be seen on the Royal Gardens Subdivision and the top of the pali. Also in the distance we could also witness strong glow from Pu’u O’o vent. The eastern lobe is the closest lobe to the ocean but the western lobe looks like the more active one. Glow also could be seen from that lobe. The flow front is approximately 1/2 mile away from the ocean. No ocean entry yet. Mahalo and have a great day. Stay tune for more posts.

 

April 7, 2012

The eastern lobe of the leading edge is still active and on its way towards the ocean. The ocean is still about a mile away, but is getting closer every day. Tonight’s flows were active and gave us a show to remember. Out breaks could be seen along the eastern edge and along the flow front. Bright glows could be seen from the western lobe and also from Pu’u O’o.Our groups were able to get up close safely and got to see many incredible breakouts. The leading edge of the eastern lobe which is the furthest flow front is approximately 1/2 mile to 3/4 mile to the ocean. First tour was lead by Ikaika and second tour was lead by Andrew. Both tours took less then 5 hours with lava viewing lasting over 1 hour. Come and join us and you will remember a night that you will never forget. Aloha!

Some Lava for our guests. This at the leading edge of the floe field.

Nice rivers of lava could be safely view with in a few feet from the flow.

This is a picture of the Pulama Pali. Lava had been seen flowing down the hill and also glow from Pu’u O’o vent in the foreground. Many numerous outbreaks on the Pali could be seen also.

April 6, 2012 Tour

The flow is advancing slowly towards the ocean. Di deflation has caused the flow to slow just a little, but now there is Di inflation. We can expect more lava to be coming down from Pu’u O’o. Our group found lava at the flow front and it was fairly active. When we first got to the flow we found recently cooled lava. Our guides Andrew and Ikaika did a good job finding some awesome flows for the guests. As the sun set, we could see more areas where the lava was flowing and we were treated with beautiful surface flows. The Pali had minimal action with some red spots hear and there. One spot had looked like a sky light over a lava tube. We could see strong glow from Pu’u O’o in periods. Our guests were very happy and left with a new found respect for lava. Until the next post, Aloha!

Lava breaking out and our tour in the back ground.

Couple of breakouts for our guests to get safely up to.

April 5, 2012

The leading edge of the flow is slowly making it’s way towards the ocean. The flow has spread out along the coastal plains and is wide. DI deflation is what the Tilt meter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, is now showing, but the flows on the Pali and the coastal plains are still very active and our group was able to safely get up to some surface flow. The weather tonight was cooperative and there was no rain during the tour. Until next time, Aloha!

April 4, 2012 Update

Aloha Everyone! Tonight’s tour went well and everyone got up close to some surface flows safely. The weather was cooperative, although there was a light drizzle. The lava is still making it’s way to the ocean, but is still approximately 1 mile away and on the coastal plains. Until next time, Aloha!

 

April 3, 2012 Update

Aloha! Tonight’s tours were successful, with all of our groups being able to get up close to surface lava safely. The lava is slowly making it’s way to the ocean, but is still about a mile away. The tilt meter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, is showing DI inflation. This basically means that the amount of lava that is being produced increases, so we can expect the lava flows to continue. The weather was nice and the moon was very bright, making for a beautiful evening. All of our guests were very happy with the tour and left with a feeling of accomplishment. Until next time, Aloha!

April 2, 2012 Update

Aloha gang! Tonight”s tour was successful. Our group was able to get up close to some surface flows safely. The lava is still slowly making it’s way towards the ocean, but it is still about a mile or two away from entering the ocean . Lava could be seen cascading down the hillside again tonight. We will be having tours going out tomorrow. Until next time, Aloha!

April 1, 2012 Update

Aloha! Tonight’s tour was successful, with our group being able to get up close to some nice surface flows. Lava could still be seen coming down the hillside. The leading edge of the flow has advanced towards the ocean and eastward. The tree’s in one Kipuka were on fire because of lava touching the base of this Kipuka. Tours will be going out tomorrow at 4:00 pm. Until next time, Aloha!