June 29, 2012 Tour/Lava update

Aloha Folks! Tonight we had a tour go out and they were able to safely view some nice surface flows. The weather was cooperative and our group was able to stay dry. The leading edge of the flow is still approximately 0.5 mi away from the ocean. There are multiple surface flows coming down the Pali. One is coming down the Royal Gardens subdivision in the area that Jack Thompson’s house was. His home was taken on March 2, 2012. Another surface breakout is coming down the Pali right through the two kipukas that are the furthest east remaining kipukas of the Royal Gardens subdivision. This flow has just recently reached the base of the Pali. Overall activity is good, so book your tour to see lava, and feel the heat. Until next time, Aloha!

Here we are at the end of June!

Aloha Everyone!

Last night’s Tour (06/28/12) was Great!!! It may have been a little wet but it was still a success. Everyone got to the site safely, came back safely and everyone had a good time!

June 27,2012 lava update

Aloha everyone! Lava had advance a little in the past day. Our tours got up to some nice surface breakouts about 1/2 mile from the Royal Gardens Pali. This flow is the most eastern flow of the flow field. Both tours stayed at the flow for over an hour and watched it move over 30 to 40 feet and watched it fill in a depression in the earth. The flows on the Pali were very visible. The eastern flow had some volume to it. There hundreds of breakouts on the Pali. We also could see another breakout just maybe 1/2 mile south of the eastern breakout. That breakout also had some volume to it. We are experiencing deflation right now but are expecting inflation in the next couple hours. Aloha and enjoy. Stay tune for more updates.

June 26, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha again! Lava activity is very high at this time. All of our tours got to see some awesome lava flows. A new eastern lobe had made some impressive viewing last night. We are glad to say the walk is definitely getting shorter because of this flow that we are seeing at this time. Inflation had spiked last night but deflation had occurred at around 12:20am this morning. The Pulama Pali flows had advance over the past couple days. Those flows are very active also at this time. A new flow had spurred up in the Royal Gardens Pali. That is also active at this time also. Mahalo and also have a great day.

June 25, 2012

Aloha Everyone! Tonight we had two tours go out and both tours viewed lava safely. The eastern lobe of the flows on the coastal plains has advanced about 1/2 mi from the base of the Pali. The activity was good with multiple breakouts  that were seen. There is also lava up in the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. These flows can be seen making it’s way down and is almost about to reach the steepest part of the Pali.

The flow coming down the eastern edge of the Royal Gardens subdivision is also just about to reach the base of the Pali. This flow is very active and as the daylight waned, the glow from this flow could be seen and it is fairly widespread. Overall activity s good and now would be a good to book your tour. Until next time, Aloha!

Lava Update June 24, 2012

Aloha Folks! We haven’t blogged in a few days, but we did have tours go out with today being an exception. Friday June 22nd’s groups were treated to multiple surface breakouts that were very active. Small rivers of lava were seen on the tour and guests were very excited. Saturday June23rd’s group was also treated to multiple surface breakouts and small rivers of lava. The groups were able to safely view these surface flows and get up close and personal. The tilt meter that the USGS geologists use to measure DI inflation and deflation is currently recording inflation. Over the past week the tilt meter has been recording multiple series of inflation and deflation. This graph can be found on the Hawaii Volcano Observatory website ( www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov ).

The surface flow coming down the hillside is just  about to reach the base of the Pali. This flow has numerous surface breakouts and is fairly large. Overall activity is good and now would be a good time to book your tour. Until next time, Aloha!

June 21, 2012

Aloha Everyone! Tonight we got up close to some surface flows! This flow was very active and moved very far in the time that we were. The flow that we were at is coming down from the Royal Gardens Subdivision. Up on the Pali the flow has seemed to surround the Kipuka nearest it. This finger is making it’s way down the pali and has  advanced fairly far down the hillside. Now is a good time  to book your tour.  Until next time, Aloha!

June 20, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha friends! I hope everyone had a beautiful day. Sprinkles of rain had covered the whole island of Hawaii except the district of Kalapana. Both 4pm and the 5pm tours had view LAVA safely. Many surface breakouts could bee seen on the coastal plains and the Pulama Pali. The eastern Lobe of the Pulama Pali flow had move significantly in the past day. It had moved more than half way down the mountain. Both of our tours have gone to the base of the Pali and ha witness some beautiful breakouts. Due to steady inflation at the summit of Kilauea we are expecting to have Lava activity to be very high. The tilt meter had shown some incredible inflation today. Could be rain induced or just a lot of Lava returning to Pu’u O’o crater. Tomorrow will be very interesting. Well stay tune for tomorrows update. Aloha and A Hui Hou.

June 19, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha folks! What a night tonight turned out to be. A lot of weird activity at the summit of Kilauea. Many inflation, deflation fluctuations happening this week. Big deflation started to happen this afternoon. But still a lot of LAVA to be seen on the Pulama Pali and the coastal plains. We will be anticipating inflation to occur in the next day. Lava activity is still high because of long term extension at Halemaumau crater and also Pu”u O’o crater. Our first tour at 4pm which was led by Guide Mikey went to the Pulama Pali flow where they were able to view some impressive rivers and fingers of Lava which advanced to a little Kipuka(forest surrounded by Lava). Lava just started to take that Kipuka out. Our three 5pm tours had gone to the coastal plains. There they could see oozing lava flows advancing to the ocean. No ocean entries at this time. A lot of breakouts on the coastal plains. After a small sprinkle of ua(rain) it turned out to be a beautiful night. Book a tour today. Activity is high right now. A Hui Hou(Till we meet again)

 

June 17, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! What a windy night tonight was. Even with the wind our groups were able to safely able to get up close to view surface flows.

The leading edge of the flow has advanced more and is getting closer to the ocean.  Up on the Pali, the surface flow has advanced and could be seen burning parts of a small kipuka(Forest surrounded by lava). The leading edge is approximately .5 miles away from the ocean. Inflation had started earlier today and deflation is expected to occur in the next day or so. The leading edge had take a turn to the east towards the Kalapana area and moving easterly. Hiking distance tonight was approximately 2.9 miles each way. Hiking time was about 1:50 minutes each way. Well aloha and have a safe day. Mahalo and until next time, Aloha!