July 16, 2012 Lava update

Aloha everyone! First off I wanted to thank the Hawaii Performing Arts Academy for a wonderful tour tonight. The experience was a memorable one. Tonight was a successful one. We got up to some incredible flows which our 3 groups witnessed. Couple new fingers on the eastern edge of the flow field was very active. Inflation had started today at around 11am this Monday. After Deflation for a couple days the active flow front had stalled out and a new flow had been reactivated on the bottom of the Pali(hillside). Activity will be high for the tours today. Book a tour soon. Also you can call our reservation number to get first hand updates on the Lava activity at (808)936-0456. Mahalo and enjoy the rest of the week. Stay tune for more posts. Also you can check us out on facebook at Kalapana-Cultural Tours and twitter(Kalapana Lava Tours). Aloha!

July 14, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha gang and happy Aloha Sunday! Last nights tour was excellent. We had witnessed some awesome surface flows on the coastal plains just about a 1/4 of a mile from the base of the Pali(hillside).  We just had a good size DI deflation at the summit and at Pu’u O’o vent which had stalled majority of the flow front and some of the  eastern lobe. The western flow front ,which is the closest to the ocean and stalled out earlier yesterday. Late Friday night, early Saturday morning DI inflation had started up and it was a huge one. Last night our tours have witnessed a lot of lava traveling down the hillside. Huge rivers and massive ponding of lava had been seen on the bottom of the Pali. We have never seen that much amount of Lava in a while. To nights tours could be in for a special treat. We are predicting a lot of Lava to be seen. Stay tune for more updates. Aloha!

Friday the 13th, 2012

Aloha! Tonight the weather was beautiful and the stars were easily visible despite the rain earlier in the day. The western lobe has split and there is now an eastern lobe, as well as the western lobe. The eastern lobe is very active and multiple breakouts were able to be safely viewed. The leading edge of the eastern lobe has advanced eastward a few hundred yards since Tuesday. The western lobe is once again active and some activity could be seen. Overall activity is good, so book your tour now. Mahalo and Aloha!


July 11, 2012

Aloha Folks! The new flow that started has spread out next to the base of the Pali. The activity was high and there were some awesome surface breakouts that our groups were able to safely view. The flow has advanced since yesterday and big rivers of lava were seen. Up on the Pali, the eastern flow has stopped, but high on the Pali, there seems to be surface flows that are making their way down the eastern edge of the eastern flow. Also, further west there is some glowing on the coastal plains. Book your tour now to see lava up close. Mahalo

July 10, 2012

Aloha! We are conducting tours again and tonight’s group was able to safely get up close to some nice surface flows. There is a new flow further west of the eastern lobe that came down between the middle Kipuka and eastern Kipuka of the Royal Gardens subdivision. This flow was very active with multiple breakouts that were visible. A bright glow could be seen from the Kalapana Lava Viewing area late last night, so we knew that the flow had again opened up on the coastal plains. Also visible were some nice rivers of lava coming down the Pali. The eastern lobe seems to have stopped, but maybe with this inflation it could open up again. Until tomorrow, Aloha!



July 09, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Late Sunday night Inflation had started. Major deflation started Friday night restricting the Lava active on the Pali and the coastal plains Sunday night but late Sunday night early Monday morning inflation had started. All tours for Monday had been cancelled but will resume Tuesday afternoon. Our guides have reported new activity on the Royal Gardens pali and the coastal Plains. Really active Lava flows have been spotted on the coastal plains and the Royal Gardens subdivision. Rivers of Lava have been seen cascading down the Pali and many breakouts could be seen on the coastal plains. We will be going out Tuesday. Book a tour now! Aloha

July 8, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Tonight’s tours were able to view surface flows safely. The finger between the eastern Kipuka and the middle Kipuka of the Royal Gardens subdivision is where the action was.  Our guides had to search for the active breakouts. There was a big deflation, so activity had slowed significantly since yesterday.

We will cancel our tours until further notice. The activity is very minimal. However, there has been a big inflation, but it may take some time for the lava to get back into our area again. We will keep you posted on the activity and tours. Mahalo.


July 7, 2012

Aloha Folks! Yesterday our groups were able to get up close to some nice surface flows and safely view them. The leading edge of the eastern lobe is now approximately 1/3 mi away from the base of the Pali. Multiple breakouts were visible. The base of the Pali also had a few surface breakouts next to the eastern Kipuka. Overall acitvity is still good, so book your tour now. Until next post, Aloha!

July 6, 2012

Aloha Folks! Tonight we had three tours go out and all were able to safely view nice surface breakouts. There were multiple breakouts along the leading edge of the flow that is coming down between the middle kipuka and the furthest east kipuka of the Royal Gardens Subdivision. The leading edge of this flow is approximately 0.25 mi below the base of the kipuka. Another finger of lava splits off from this flow and is just west of the eastern kipuka. Activity is good at the moment, so if you want to experience lava, book your tour now. Until next time, Aloha!

July 5, 2012 Tour/Lava Update

Aloha Gang! Today’s tours were cancelled because of the weather. We will however, be going out tomorrow (July 6, 2012), unless the weather is too bad. Currently the activity is still high. The tilt meter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, is currently recording a DI inflation. This means that the activity can be expected to be good. Until next time, Aloha!