May 15, 2012 Update

Aloha! Tonight we had two tours go out and both were able to view lava safely. There was a lot of activity and lava was everywhere. The leading edge of the lava flow is still approximately 0.8mi – 0.7mi away from the ocean. The finger of lava coming down the Pali is approximately 3/4 of the way down the hill. This flow is very active and fairly wide. The tilt meter which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website http://www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov . The weather tonight was really cooperative with clear skies and stars out in full. Till the next post, Aloha!

May 14, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha Everyone! Sorry for not posting our blog and photos last night. Tonight was very active and our tour was able to view some very nice surface flows safely. The leading edge of the flow has moved a little further east and is still approximately 0.8 mi away from the ocean. Up on the Pali, the surface flow has advanced further downhill and is almost to the base of the Pali. This flow is extremely active and fairly large. The weather was cooperative tonight and held up nicely. Skies were clear and the stars were visible. Until next time, Aloha!

In the above photo you can see the surface flow up on the Pali.

Mahalo for viewing. Aloha!

May 12, 2012

Aloha folks! Tonight was a good night with a lot of activity. All of our groups were able to safely get up to some nice surface flows. There were many breakouts and a lot of rivers were seen. The western lobe has flowed eastward and is now the eastern lobe. The leading edge is still about 0.8 mi away from the ocean and slowly advancing. Up on the Pali, the surface flow that has broken out is advancing down the slope. We are also adding a 6:00 pm tour. This means that we have the following tours: 7:00 am, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm , and  a 6:00 pm. Until next time, Aloha!

May 11, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Tonight we had a 4:00 pm tour go out and they were able to safely view surface flows up close and personal. The tiltmeter is still recording DI inflation and the result of that can be seen on the coastal plains with increased activity. The leading edge is still approximately 0.8 mi away from the ocean. Our guides have taken both GPS readings of the hike distance and the distance from flow front to ocean. Hike distance is approximately 2.6 mile hike. Tonight activity was above normal. Lava flows advanced about 40 yards in an hour. Lava on the Pali had moved tremendously since lastnights tour. The eastern lobe hosted HUGE breakouts which could be seen from the Kalapana Lava viewing area. Our morning LAVA tours,which leaves at 7:00 a.m, would be able to witness those impressive LAVA flows. How ever the coastal plains have been showing some awesome viewing. Until next time Aloha and A Hui Hou and enjoy the Pictures of May 11, 2012 Lava tour.

Nice Breakouts. As you can see activity is high right now.

As you can see how close our tours get to the actual LAVA flow

May 10, 2012

Aloha! Tonight we had two tours go out and both were able to safely get close to and view surface flows. The western lobe is the most active, with multiple breakouts being visible. This active lobe is approximately 0.8 mi away from the ocean and slowly advancing. Up on the Pali there is a surface breakout that is making it’s way down just east of  February’s surface flow. Also, we will be starting to take morning tours @ 7:00 in the morning. For more information contact us at (808) 936-0456. Till next post, Aloha!

May 9, 2012 Update

Aloha Viewers! Tonight we had a 4:00 pm and a 5:00 pm tour go out tonight. Both tours were successful and were able to view lava up close and safely. The eastern lobe is still far away from the ocean due to stalling out late last week. The western lobe, however is still very active and is approximately 0.5 mi away from the ocean. Up on the Pali is also active, with a surface flow advancing down just east of the January flow in the Royal Gardens Subdivision. Until next time, Aloha!

 

May 8, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Tuesday night’s tour went well with both tour groups being able to get up close to safely view surface flows. Up on the Pali there is a big surface flow that is making it’s way down just east of the eastern flow from January. The eastern lobe is still advancing, but is still far from reaching where it previously was last week. This lobe is about 1.6 mi away from the ocean. The western lobe, however is still advancing towards the ocean and has multiple breakouts. This lobe is approximately 0.7mi-0.5mi away from the ocean and is still slowly advancing. The weather is a little unstable and we got sprinkled on a few times , but nothing really bad. Until next post, Aloha!

May 7, 2012

Aloha! Lava has resumed flowing due to the ongoing DI inflation. The leading edge of the eastern lobe had stalled out a few days ago and is once again flowing, but it is flowing about .5 mi from the base of the Pali. The western edge however, is still approximately .5 mi away from the ocean. We had two tours go out and both were able to view lava up close safely. Until next time, Aloha!

 

Lava Tour Update May 6, 2012

Aloha!! Today we had 2 tours a 4:00 and a 5:00 p.m. They were able to successfully locate lava.  As we mentioned earlier, for the past few days we have been experiencing a deflation in the lava flow activity in the area beneath the caldera of Pu’u’O’o crater. Today there was actually an inflation of lava activity at Pu’u’O’o.  We were still a bit skeptic about finding lava,  but those who booked for today, got a very good view/tour. There was lava to be found, even more than these past few days! So needless to say, they were ‘happy hikers!’

Lava Update May 5, 2012

Aloha Everyone!! For Saturday, May 5th we had one tour go out, it was a combination of the 4:00 and the 5:00 tours.  The 4:00 group was running a little behind, and by the time everyone was ready, the 5:00 tour showed up, so we had them go together as one group.  We have been experiencing a deflation in the lava, so it was a harder to find, but the guide was able to successfully locate lava.  As of right now, there is an inflation, which means that there should be an increase in the lava activity, and hopefully it will be much easier   find.