August 31, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha Folks! Lava activity has stalled because of the deflation that has been going on for the past few days and we have cancelled our tours until further notice. We will be contacting those who have reservations to let them know. Our last tour went out on August 29, 2012 and already the lava activity was very sluggish. We did however, see some good activity. All the activity was confined to one spot and we were able to position our groups in this area. We will update every so often and let you know when we will be resuming tours.Until then, Aloha!

P.S.- Here are the photo’s from the 29th.

August 26, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone and we hope everyone had a great Sunday! For us, the lava activity still was very high. Lava on the coastal plains was also very active. On the HVO webcam, the flows didn’t seem to be very active and looked very sluggish. Don’t let that fool you. Over the past couple months the different flow periods have created a berm that obscures the visual contact of the active flows. The leading edge of the coastal plains flow is just shy of the 1/2 mile mark from the Royal Gardens Subdivision  hillside. There is no ocean entry at this time. It is pretty far from the ocean, but it is making it’s way though. At the summit we  had steady inflation for the past 3 to 4 days. The lava lake has risen almost to the top of the rim. Both the 4pm and the 5pm tours were able to get up to some awesome LAVA flows. Check out our tour pictures and you can decide there. Awesome photo’s by Kalapana Cultural Tours Guides. Also you can friend us at facebook under Kalapana-Cultural Tours for more info and updates. Aloha and have a great day!

 

 

August 25, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Lava activity is very god right now and our groups were able to get up close to surface flows safely. The leading edge of the flow has advanced slightly as well as the flow high up on the Pali. The flow on the Pali can be seen from the Kalapana Lava Viewing area and seems to be very wide. Right now we are experiencing an ongoing inflation, so the activity should be very good. Book your tour now for an amazing experience!

August 24, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone and hope everyone had a great ALOHA Friday! Lava on the flow field is still active at this time. The activity on the coastal plains were very impressive. Lava flows is still approximately 1/3 of a mile from the base of the Royal Gardens Pali. Not advancing towards the ocean to much but is very active still. The activity moved just about 20 yards towards the ocean. Not much but the flow field is wide spread. No ocean entry at this time. Also the eastern flow on the Pali also did not advance down the hillside that much but also is still very active. Don’t get us wrong! the flow on the coastal plains is flowing really good. View the pictures below. At the summit the tilt meter had started inflation on Thursday and threw Friday. Activity will get more active Saturday and Sunday on the coastal plains. The HVO webcams had showed minor flows on the coastal plains but a hill obscured the view of what is really happening on the flow field. Book a tour now for an experience you will never forget! ALOHA

August 23, 2012

Aloha! Tonight’s activity was good even with the DI deflation, which switched to inflation early this evening. Our group viewed multiple breakouts safely. The leading edge has moved slightly eastward and is still far from the ocean. Up on the Pali, the surface flow has advanced downhill and could possibly make it to the base of the Pali soon. The activity is still good, so book your tour now! Aloha

August 22, 2012 Lava Tour update

Aloha everyone again! Lava flows were still very active on the coastal plains. The leading edge is almost a half mile from the base of the Royal Gardens Pali(hillside) and about 1.2 miles from the ocean. No ocean entry at this time. We had 3 tours lastnight. Really good viewing lastnight. There were many surface flows visible and we were able to get up to some nice rivers of Lava. There were huge glow coming from the top of Royal Gardens Subdivision where our guides reported to see a HUGE breakout making it’s way to the coastal plains. The eastern lobe on the Pali, which was making it’s way to the coastal plains, was also very active. At the summit deflation had started yesterday but didn’t effect the activity on the flow field. Really minor deflation. Well hope to see you on the flow field with us. Give us a call and book a tour now. LAVA UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!!!

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

Lava Update August 21, 2012

Aloha everyone and sorry for the lack of posts in the past two days. We had some problems with our website but now we are back up and running. For the past couple days, the activity on the flow have been incredible. A lot of surface Lava could be seen. The tilt meter has been increasing for over 3 days and activity has been getting more active at this time. The long term extension on the summit has been increasing at a slow rate so that means more lava in the magma chambers. Lava is at a high level as of right now. To nights tour was successful. Both of our tours were able to view lava. Over 2 dozen breakouts could be witnessed. Awesome viewing. Come and join us! Lava activity is high! Aloha

 

August 18,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone and happy Aloha Sunday! Last nights tour which was Saturday nights tours was successful. Deflation had started Friday morning and continued to deflate at a rapid pace. The deflation did not stall the activity on the flow field. Lava was still active last night on the flow. There were a lot of breakouts just about 1/4 of a mile from the bottom of the Royal Gardens Pali. Inflation had started just around noon on Saturday. Active will pick up Today. Both tours was able to get up to some nice Lava flows tonight. Also we will be opening up couple tours in the morning and also midday. Stay tune for information on those tours which would be more versatile in our part and more tours to choose from which will fit your needs. Stay tune for more updates. ALOHA!

August 17, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone and we hope everyone had a great Aloha Friday. Lava on the coastal plains was still active last night. Both tours witnessed some nice surface breakouts just about 1/3 of a mile from the base of the Royal Gardens Pali. The summit just had it’s first DI Deflation event since last week. At 11:30p.m the tilt meter seem to bottom out a -1 microdians. We are expecting it to rise in the next day. Pu’u  O’o vent tilt meter had bottom out at 0 microdians. No significant changes during this event.

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

The tour was very successful  lastnight. Beautiful surface flows. Checkout our tour pictures and make decision soon. Lava is flow really well. Aloha and have a great day.

August 16, 2012

Aloha! We had multiple surface flows that were visible tonight. The leading edge is still in the same area and has advanced only slightly. Towards the base of the Pali, there were bright glows indicative of fairly decent sized surface outbreaks. High up on Pulama Pali, the surface flows have widened and advanced downhill slightly. Overall activity is high, so book your tour now! Aloha!

P.S. We will upload the photos later! Mahalo.