July 30,2012 Lava Update

Aloha gang and it is good to be back on the flow field after a day off because of Deflation. Late Saturday night early Sunday morning Deflation switched to Inflation. There was a steady inflation for over a day but as of Monday afternoon Deflation had started but very slow. Yesterday, we had couple earthquakes that shook the island. One at around 12am this morning at the summit of Kilauea.It was a 3.2 magnitude earthquake. It had no effect on the Lava activity. New flows had started to form on the Pali. We had taken a day off because of lack of lava on the coastal plains and the cause of that is significant Deflation. As of today there was a lot of LAVA. Fluid lava too. We had a 4pm tour and 2, 5pm tours today. The Pali was very active tonight. And so was the coastal plains. Lava is approximately 1.2 miles from the ocean. There is no ocean entries at this time. Lav had continued flowing on the coastal plains tonight. On the Pali there were an eastern lobe which was heading east towards the Kalapana area but it is a long ways away. The Kalapana Lava viewing area could view this flow from there viewing point. Aloha stay tune for more posts of the Lava updates. Also you can check out a video of today’s activity on our video page. It would be available on Tuesday morning.

July 28, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang welcome to another edition of Kalapana Cultural Tours Lava update. Lava flows are still active on the coastal plains even thought we are having a huge Deflation at the summit of Kilauea and Pu’u O’o vent. The tilt meter had dropped to about -3 microdians till now. We are expecting to have an inflation soon. Inflation will resume the activity at the flow front soon, if it should happen with in the next couple hours which is between 12am to 5am on July 29, 2012, the lava will be active on  the flow front again . Lava at the leading edge of the flow field on the coastal plains had been 95% stalled out. Our 4pm tour had witnessed a little flow on the flow front today. Majority of the flow front had stalled out though. They also continued to trek up to the hillside where the activity had been reported. Sure enough they had witness a lot of Lava flowing into a little forest which was amazing. Both the 4pm and the 5pm tours could witness this incredible view. The evening was beautiful with a 3/4 moon out and many bright stars shinning on the black Lava landscape.Aloha and Stay tune for more updates. Also we have cancelled our Sunday tours due to the Deflation at the summit. We will resume our tours on Monday or until further notice. Aloha and A Hui Hou.

July 27, 2012

Aloha Folks! There is still lava flowing on the flow field and tonight’s groups were able to get up close and personal to surface flows. There was a big deflation the past two days and early this morning the DI event switched to inflation. Lava was still in the area and the leading edge had advanced 75-100 yds towards the ocean. The flow coming down the Pali has also advanced further downhill. This flow may be the reason for the deflation events. The leading edge of the flow is now approximately 1/3 mi below the easternmost Kipuka of the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. Until next time, Aloha!

July 26,2012 Lava update

Aloha gang and welcome to another addition of Kalapana Cultural Tours Lava updates. Lava flows on the coastal plains were still active after a day of deflation. Even though we are going through a deflation stage we are still seeing a huge amount of Lava on the coastal plains. Our 4pm and 5pm tours were treated with some impressive rivers of Lava. The eastern lobe on the coastal plains had advance tremendously towards the east of the flow field  and and is moving at a significant rate at this time. But at this time of deflation we might see it slow down substantially until inflation starts. The eastern lobe on the Pali is advancing at a low rate but is still very active. That particular lobe could be seen from the Kalapana viewing area which is provided by the county of Hawaii. Awesome viewing at the Kalapana viewing area but if you want to get up close to the actual flow then lets trek out to the actual flow. Aloha and stay tune for more updates.

July 24, 2012 Lava viewing update

Aloha again to everyone! We hope everyone is having a great day so far. Awesome viewing tonight. The lava had advanced eastward towards the Kalapana area. Still a long ways away but it is shortening our hike by atleast 1/2 hour which is great. The hike to the Lava is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way now, instead of 2 hours. All could change in a matter of a day. Well we had a huge and steady inflation for almost more than a week. But at this time we are experiencing a significant amount of deflation at this moment. We knew it was coming but the question was when is it going to occur. Well it is happening right now. You can check out the updates on the HVO website under Kilauea updates and click on Deformation and their it will tell you the current Lava supply.

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

As of the activity out on the coastal plains. There looks like no signs of slowing down. This flow is moving really fast toward the east and there are many breakouts happening at this time. Awesome activity out on the coastal plains. Also on the Pulama Pali , there is a lobe that is making it’s way to the coastal plains and moving down the pali really fast. We expect it to reach the coastal plains in a few days or on the next inflation at the summit which will be soon. Aloha and stay tune for more updates.


July 23, 2012

Aloha! Activity is very good and lots of lava was seen. There were multiple breakouts that our groups were able to safely approach and view. The eastern lobe has moved a little eastward and towards the ocean. The leading edge is now approximately 1/3 of a mile away from the base of the Kipuka. Up on the Pali the eastern flow that came between the middle Kipuka and the eastern Kipuka has reactivated up high on Pulama Pali. This flow can be seen coming down from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. There is still an ongoing DI inflation event and the amount of activity that is seen can be credited to this. Until next post, Aloha!

July 22, 2012 Tour

Aloha Guys and Girls! Our groups were able to get close to lava. There were multiple surface breakouts and nice rivers of lava. The leading edge of the eastern lobe is approximately 1/4 mi away from the base of the Pali. The rivers of lava that were coming down the Pali this past Friday night were not as visible on this trip. There is a lot of activity and this can be credited to the ongoing inflation event. Now is a great time to book your tour! Aloha!

July 20,2012 Lava update

Aloha everyone again! Happy aloha Friday gang. Lava flow were vigorous tonight. A lot of lava could be seen making it’s way down the Royal Gardens Subdivision. Massive rivers of Lava could be seen cascading down the Pali. That Lava river could be seen from the Hawaii county viewing area because it was so huge. Just to note the Hawaii county viewing area is located approximately 3 1/2 miles away. Our guests got up to it with in a 1/2 mile from the river. A lot of surface flows on the coastal plains. Our guests were very Happy over the viewing that we had last night. Strong activity and continue to have strong activity because of strong inflation at the summit. Inflation is still arise after a couple days but deflation will be occurring in the next couple days. But as of right now we are having a tremendous amount of activity. So book a tour soon! Also we are providing and recommending private tours which you and your party will have your own guide with out the rest of the crowd. Mahalo and have a great day!

July 19, 2012 Tour/Update

Aloha! Last night’s tour was cancelled due to a big deflation event that took place on the previous day. Last night however, there was a big inflation. This inflation has reached the flow field and tonight’s activity was really good. Multiple breakouts were seen and our group was able to safely view active surface breakouts. The leading edge of the eastern part of the flow field has reactivated since last night, but it was a little sluggish. By tomorrow, the leading edge should pick up in activity. There were nice surface breakouts toward the middle Kipuka of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Activity is good and now is a good time to book your tour. Mahalo for viewing and until tomorrow, Aloha!

July 17, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha everyone! Welcome to another addition of Kalapana Cultural Tours Lava update. Huge deflation at the summit of Kilauea and also Pu’u O’o vent. You can visit the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory website on it’s Deformation page. Deflation had started late morning Tuesday. Lava on the coastal plains was very active. The first tour at 4pm which was lead by Ikaika went to the base of the Royal Gardens Subdivison. A lot of Lava was witnessed on the base of the Pali. Even though deflation had started the activity was high. Nice surface flows and little rivers were visible on the 4pm tour. The second tour or the 5pm tour which was lead by Andrew witnessed a really huge breakout. A breakout that could be seen from  a couple miles away. A huge river which was as viscous as water was visible on that tour. That was an awesome show for the 5pm tour. Inflation is expected to be occurring in the next day or so. Book a tour now for an experince you will never forget. Mahalo and have a great day.

Also for your information we will not be operating on Saturday July 21,2012 .