June 16, 2012 Update

Aloha Folks! Tonight we cancelled our tours due to the weather. Large amounts of rain hitting the hot lava creates steam and this is known as a “white out”. Visibility drops to approximately 10%-20%. Tomorrow we will be resuming our tours, but we will be monitoring the weather. Activity is still good, so you can contact us at (808) 936-0456 to receive updates/information between the hours of 8:00 am-8:00 pm.Until next time, Aloha!

June 15, 2012

The flows on the coastal plains have started back up and have increased in activity since last night. Our guides were able to get our guests up close to multiple surface flows safely. Surface flows were visible from the base of the pali and extending out approximately 1 mi. from the base of the pali. The surface flow up on the pali (visible from the Kalapana Viewing Area) has advanced since last night and could be seen burning one small Kipuka in it’s path. Tonight’s weather was cooperative and skies were clear. Now is a good time to book your tour. Until next time, Aloha!

 

 

 

June 14, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Lava is again flowing in our area and tonight’s group was able to safely get up close to multiple surface breakouts. The major DI deflation, which occured last week, was the reason for the lava slowing down significantly. The flows on the coastal plains seem to have restarted and multiple breakout points could be seen. Up on the pali, the surface flow coming down east of the Royal Gardens subdivision has advanced and is very active.Mahalo for viewing!

June 10, 2012

Aloha! There is an ongoing deflation, but tonight’s group was able to get up close and safely view lava. Up on the Pali, the big surface flows have advanced and is still very active. This deflation may affect if we have a tour tomorrow or not. Aloha!

June 9, 2012

Aloha! Even with a big deflation, lava was able to be seen and our groups were able to safely view multiple surface breakouts. The leading edge of the coastal plain flow is approximately 0.75 mi away from the base of the pali. Up on the pali, surface flows have spread out and are visible from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. This flow is fairly large and could be the reason for the big deflation. Activity was still good even with the deflation.Until next time, Aloha!

06/08/2012 Lava update

Aloha everyone! The flow field is really active at this time. Even with DI deflation Lava could be seen everywhere. Our guides have reported to see many breakouts on the coastal plains and also the eastern Pali lobe is still active also. Our guides have reported that the flow front is approximately 1.1 miles away from the ocean. No ocean entry at this time. Hiking distance hasn’t changed and still approximately 2.8 miles of hiking distance each way. Tour time is still around 5 hours round trip. Well Mahalo for tuning in and stay tune for more updates and also we will be putting up some webcams in the future. Mahalo and have a great day.

Lava Update June 6, 2012

Aloha! Our tours were able to get up close to some surface flows safely. There were multiple breakouts that were visible. Up on the pali the surface flows are advancing further downhill and looks to also be widening. Our groups did get wet,, as some rain clouds moved in. Overall activity is still high, so now is still a good time to book your tour. Aloha!

June 5, 2012

Aloha Viewers! Our tours were able to safely get up to surface breakouts as multiple breakouts were seen. The leading edge of the flow has traveled approximately 1mi from the base of the pali. The surface flow up on the pali has advanced further downhill and has also widened. Although there is a DI deflation, activity is still high. The moon rose on our way back and was beautiful. Now is still a good time to book a tour. Don’t miss your chance! Aloha!

06/04/2012- Lava tour update

Aloha! Awesome tour tonight. The 4pm and 5pm tours had witness a lot of Lava up close and personal. The on going DI inflation event had spurred up many flows visible on the flow field. Our tour guides had reported advancement of the flows at this time. A GPS reading was taken of the advancement during this DI inflation. Activity has increased in the past day. The actual flow front of this flow is approximately 1.1 mile away from the ocean. No ocean entry at this time. Three different fingers had advance in the last couple days. The most active is the middle finger which is  the furthest flow from the Pali(Hill side) and closest to the ocean. The eastern finger is still very active and moving easterly at this time and the western finger which is moving south but have gotten weaker in the past day. That flow will be stalling out in the next couple days. The actual hike is right around 2.6 mile hike one way from start to the flow field. Book a tour now and get right up to some hot rivers of LAVA right now while it lasts. Also check out our new videos of this past tour days on our video page. ALOHA and have a great day.

June 3, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Last night was a beautiful night with the moon and the lava combined. The leading edge of the flow advanced further onto the coastal plains. Our group was able to view lava up close and safely. The flow up on the Pali has also advanced further downhill. For the  past two days the tilt meter has recorded DI inflation and activity is noticeably higher with the inflation.

Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

This and more information can be found on the USGS website.( http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/ )

The weather was also cooperative and the skies were clear and overall activity is good.  Now is a good time to book your tour. Aloha!