October 30,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Minor inflation at both craters had no effect on the flows on the coastal plains. At the summit of Kilauea, the Lava lake had stayed below the inner ledge but rising at a slow rate. Inflation at the summit had started early Tuesday morning but t a slow rate. At Pu’u O’o crater, the activity was at an average. There was small inflation occurring through out Tuesday. There was 41 earthquakes on the Volcano Monday and it is getting pretty interesting right now.

The activity on the coastal plains had not slowed down due to the Deflation thus week. Lava flows were seen at the flow front, on the eastern part of the flow field and also on the Royal Gardens subdivision. Lava flows were strong and very impressive Tuesday night.  Our guests were very impressed for what they have encountered Tuesday  night. Flows showed no desire to slow down due to recent deflation. Book a tour now or plan a vacation soon. Get the LAVA while it’s HOT!!! ALOHA

October 29, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Despite the big deflation the lava activity was amazing. This was very surprising, but you have to factor in the huge inflation that had happened for the past few weeks. Now the tilt meter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov), is currently recording a series of small DI inflation-deflation events.

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

There were multiple surface flows that were visible and that our group was able to safely get up close to. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 0.8 miles away from the ocean and has not advanced very much in the past two weeks. Overall lava activity is still good, so contact us at (808) 936-0456 or via email for information or to reserve your spots. Aloha!

October 28,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Finally we have a significant amount of deflation. Deflation had started at 12am Sunday morning and also through the whole day of Sunday. But deflation had started to level out and now we will be anticipating an inflation soon. This event could play a role in the Canadian earthquake. The earthquake took place on the same tectonic plate as Hawaii. The seismic meters on the summit of Kilauea also picked up the quake in Canada. Lava activity at Pu’u O’o vent have been high and is still elevated. But this Deflation event has been the most deflation since Late August early September.

Our tours Last night was very successful lastnight. Many flows lastnight on the coastal plains. On the Royal Gardens Pali, We could see a nice breakout trickling down the hillside and also these flows could also be  seen from the County Viewing Area. Out on the coastal plains, The leading edge was very active lastnight. Our guides have reported to see some awesome flows on the flow front but our tours were just couple hundred yards above the leading edge where a beautiful flow opened up and had been steady for the rest of the night. All of our guest were able to get up to a nice flow. Book a tour now while it s flowing. ALOHA!

October 27, 2012 Tour/Update

Aloha! We had some amazing flows last night. Multiple Big surface flows were visible and our groups got up close to them. The action from the 26th was very similar to last night’s activity. The tiltmeter is currently recording a DI deflation as this blog is being written, but may change shortly. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 1 – 3/4 mile away from the ocean and is still spreading out. There are some fingers of lava that are moving slightly eastward and making the hike slightly shorter, but not less strenuous.  Last night had much more action with the Tsunami sirens going off in the distance because of the 7.7 quake in British Colombia. Everyone got back safely and were able to evacuate to higher ground, including ourselves. Mahalo to everyone for their cooperation and understanding of the situation. Until next time, Aloha!

October 25,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! On Wednesday, We have cancelled our tours due to heavy rain in our area. Thursday was totally the opposite. Such a beautiful night with no clouds out and a bright moon reflecting off the silver Lava at night. Inflation has still remain high. Due to steady inflation at the summit at Kilauea and Pu’u O’o crater, The lava activity on the coastal plains has remain at a high rate.Lava on the coastal plains have move significantly towards the east and also seaward. By our GPS readings of the leading edge, The flows closest to the ocean is approximately .87 miles away. Very slow advancement has cause a lot of pressure towards the base of the Pali.

Well as for our tours we had 4 tours Thursday night. All four were able to see some awesome flows on the coastal plains. 3 distinct flows were very active with many little fingers heading towards the ocean. What a show our guests had. Little rivers of Lava was everywhere. Those tours was treated with awesome flows and awesome weather. The moon and the stars were awesome. Hopefully we  see you out there with us. Book a tour now before the Lava gets cold. ALOHA!

October 23,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone and welcome to another episode of Kalapana Cultural Tours Daily Blog. Inflation at the summit and Pu’u O’o is still rising at a steady rate. Lava is still remaining at a high level in the crater. Halemaumau crater has been very active in the past week and also the Lava level has rose to almost 25 meters below the rim of the crater. As for Pu’u O’o cater the north pit has been showing a lot of activity and also been over flowing Lava onto the crater. The eastern pit has been rising to the rim and been on the verge of over flowing. The glow from the crater could been seen from the coastal plains.

As for our tours. We had 3 tours go out to the Lava flow. All three were successful on seeking Lava.  Lava flows on the coastal plains had not advance significantly but had spread through out the area. Many different breakouts were easy to view. Incredible rivers again amazed everyone. Small peeking breakouts to huge long lasting rivers flowed on the coastal plains. Lava flows will be extremely active this week but mother could change that really fast. Book a tour while the Lava is HOT! ALOHA.


October 22,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Still we have steady inflation at the summit of Kilauea and Pu’u O’o crater. Steady inflation has been producing some incredible flows on the coastal plains. This activity has never occurred for over 4 years since the huge eruption in 2008. Lava at Halemaumau crater has been rising almost to the rim o9f the crater. Just about 30 meters below the rim of the crater. At Pu’u O”o, the Lava lake had been over flowing on to the crater and started to spread out on the crater flow which we could see the bright glow from the coastal plains around 6 miles away. This events have spur up some concern for a nice size eruption. Nothing dangerous in our area though. Just awesome viewing.

Three tours made it’s way out on Monday. All three were able to get up to some huge breakouts. Awesome rivers of Lava and breakouts everywhere. Everyone on the tour just had a blast. The walking time is getting a little shorter. Last night it took our tours just around 1 hour and 20 minutes each way which resulting in longer viewing time. All tours last night were at the flows for over the minimum time. Book a tour now while the Lava is hot. ALOHA!

October 21,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone!Steady inflation at the summit has intensify the flows out on the coastal plains. Inflation for 5 days straight has been creating some impressive flows on the coastal plains this evening. Awesome glow could be seen from Pu’u O’o vent. Lava in the vent have been over flowing from the lava lake and started to flow onto the crater floor. Glow from those flows have been bright at times during the tours. There were couple spots flowing Lava on the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision. These flows could be viewable from the county viewing area.

Both tours Sunday night were incredible. Both tours were able to get up to some great flows. The volume of Lava on the coastal plains were very visible Sunday night. The leading edge of the flows are just under a mile after GPS readings. But the flow field is wide spread. Majority of the flows are on the eastern part of the active flow field. During this long and steady inflation at the summit, our guides have reported that the activity is really high. So book a tour now before the flows start decreasing.ALOHA!

October 20, 2012 Tour

Aloha Gang! Tonight’s tours were amazing. The leading edge has advanced to approximately 3/4 mile away from the ocean and is well below the webcam. Up on the Pali, not much could be seen except for at the very top.We were able to get up close to multiple surface flows. We did get a little wet, as a steady drizzle set in this afternoon. Currently there is still an inflation, which can be found  on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. Now is a good time to book your  tour. Until next time , Aloha!

October 19, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Our tours were great last night. There was a lot of lava activity with many surface breakouts that we were able to safely get up to. At the bottom of the Kipuka there were fires that could be seen burning the already decimated Kipuka. Up on the Pali, not much could be seen once night fell. The leading edge of the flow has advanced slightly, but is still approximately 1 mile away from the ocean. At the summit the lava lake has reached an all time high. At Pu’u O’o, the lava in the collapse pit over flowed last night and early this morning. Overall lava activity is good so book your tour now. Aloha