September 29, 2012

Aloha! Tonight our group was treated to awesome surface flows. The leading edge of the flow is destroying one of the last remaining kipukas of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Large flames were seen as fires started by lava ate trees and brush. Multiple surface breakouts were also seen. Tour times and prices may change by this week depending on the advancing lava and activity. Book your tour now. Until next time, Aloha!

September 28, 2012

Aloha! The leading edge of the flow has advanced further downhill and has started to burn the top of one of the remaining Kipukas of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. We were able to safely view multiple surface breakouts, as well as a slow moving river of lava. The flow has advanced approximately 0.6 mi since the September 25th, which was Tuesday night. The terrain is still very rough and there is still an incline, so this hike is still Extreme. The weather was beautiful and the full moon made for a spectacular night. Overall lava activity is high, so if you want  an experience of a lifetime, call for more info or to reserve your spots. Aloha!

September 27, 2012

Aloha! Tonight’s group was able to get close to multiple surface flows. The leading edge of the flow has advanced approximately 250 – 300 yds downhill. The activity was very high with small rivers and multiple surface breakouts visible. This flow is just at the eastern edge of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision and making it’s way down towards the coastal plains. The hike is still Extreme because of the area that it is in. Round trip the tour is approximately  6 – 6 1/2 hours and approximately 8 mi round trip. The terrain is very rugged and the elevation goes from approximately 60 ft – 1000 ft. For more information contact us at (808) 936-0456 or via e-mail. If you contact us please do so from 10 am – 6 pm pacific time. Until next time, Aloha!

     Last photo taken at Kaimu.

September 25, 2012 Tour/Update

Aloha Gang! Our tour was successful, being that our group was able to safely view surface breakouts. The leading edge has advanced further downhill to about the 1000 ft elevation level. The hike however, is still very strenuous and rough. The hike roundtrip is approximately 8 mi. The amount of time roundtrip is still approximately 6 1/2 – 7 hrs. This is an Extreme hike.

The lava viewing was awesome with multiple surface breakouts visible. The flow is still very wide and is actually even wider with the advancement of the leading edge. However, the leading edge will most likely pull all of the lava pressure along with it. Until next time, Aloha!

     Our group at the flow.

      As the sun sets.

     In the darkness.

September 23, 2012 Tour

Aloha! The lava activity is still good even with the deflation and the leading edge has advanced downhill. The flow is still very wide, but the leading edge seems to be taking most of the activity because of the slope it has hit. The flow has advanced from 1800 ft elevation down to approximately 1400/1500 ft elevation.  Call for more information and for tour reservations. Until next time, Aloha!

September 20, 2012

Aloha! Lava activity is good and the leading edge has advanced since last night. The flow is still very wide, but the leading lobe has hit a steep portion of the hill, which will cause most of the lava to flow down in this area. This leading lobe is now visible on the USGS mobile webcam 3 ( found on the USGS website ) and from the Kalapana Lava Viewing area. Our group was again able to get up close to safely view the multiple surface breakouts.

The tiltmeter, which is also found on the USGS website is currently recording an ongoing inflation. This inflation can also be seen in the overall lava activity. Contact us for more information and to book your tour. Aloha!

September 19, 2012 Tour

Aloha! The leading edge of the flow has advanced approximately 300 – 400 yds from our last tour. There were many active  breakouts in the area that we were and we were able to safely get up close and personal. This flow is very wide, but the leading edge has reached a steep part of the Pali. This may mean that the flow may quicken it’s decent down the hillside. Overall activity is good. Until next time, Aloha!

Reminder: This is an EXTREME hike. Hikers must be in good physical condition. There is a lot of incline and the terrain is extremely rough. The tour lasts 6 – 7 hrs. One way is approximately 2 1/2 – 3 hrs and we stay at the flow for 1 hour. Call for more information, or to book a tour!

September 16,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Awesome lava flows could be seen again. Still the Lava flows were approximately 4 miles away. But moving steady down the Royal Gardens  Hill side. Nice surface breakouts could be seen all over the place. The hike was pretty long. It took us just around 2 hours and 15 minutes each way. It is a extreme hike. But the rewards are just incredible. The views of the Lava and the landscape from 1500 feet elevation was just awesome. The whole took around 6 hours round trip. The tilt meter had switched to DI inflation at just around 3pm Sunday afternoon. An hour after the summit inflation , Pu’u O’o started to inflate. Activity will get better after this inflation on the flow field. Our next tour would be Tuesday Morning at 7am. If you want to join just give us a call to reserve a spot. Aloha!

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

September 15 Tour/Update

Aloha Folks! We have resumed our tours, but tour times and prices have changed, as well as the distance and duration of the tour. We will have tours at 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. There is more incline involved and the terrain is rougher. The flow is approximately 4 mi away from our starting point, but the incline makes it a lot more difficult. The hike one way is approximately 2 1/2 hrs – 3 hrs and we stay at the flow for 1 hour. Due to the degree of difficulty and length of time, tour prices are currently $150 per person. This is an EXTREME hike, so guests must be in good physical condition.

On a lighter note, last night’s flows were very nice. Viewing the lava was a nice reward after the hike. We were able to get up close and  personal to the flowing lava and able to put a stick into the lava and our guests were extremely pleased with the activity that we got up to. This flow is very wide as we were on the western edge of the eastern flow. The eastern edge of the flow was approximately 3/4 mi away from us. The weather held up and we stayed dry with just a few sprinkles being the exception. Overall it was a good tour and the lava activity was also good.

Tour Updates

Aloha Folks! We will be starting our tours again soon. There are new outbreaks that are making their way toward the Pali. There is an eastern breakout and a western breakout. Both breakouts are approximately 3-3 1/2 miles away from Pu’u O’o. These flows are getting closer the the edge of the Pali and should advance fairly quickly if the DI inflation continues.

We took a helicopter ride to check out the advancing flows and found the two new breakouts. Much Mahalo to Paradise Helicopters and our pilot Marco, who is an awesome pilot that we recommend if you decide to do a helicopter ride with Paradise. We will post the new tour times and start date soon. Here are some photos from our helicopter ride. Until next time, Aloha!

Ikaika riding shotgun.

View of Pu’u O’o on our way there.

Visible lava in the eastern collapse pit.

The new flow is the lighter colored lava seen in the upper portion of the photo.

Nice surface flow as seen from the helicopter. (Photo shot with a zoom lens).

This is what remains of Jack Thompson’s home, which was taken on March 2, 2012.

This is the last house in the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. No one is living here.

We also got to check out some waterfalls. Beautiful!

Aloha Gang!