October 18th, 2012 tour

Aloha everyone! Last night’s tour was GREAT! The lava is still at an inflation, and there was very good activity. We were able to get up close to the lava and everyone had a BLAST! We definitely look forward to having another AMAZING lava experience on tonight’s tour.

Thank you all for keeping up with our blog posts, ALOHA!

October 17, 2012 Tour

Aloha Folks! Last night we were able to get close to some nice surface flows. The leading edge has advanced to approximately 1 mile away from the ocean. The flow on the coastal plains is approximately 1/4 – 1/2 mile wide. Lately the lava activity has been really good and this can be credited to the ongoing inflation, which can found on the deformation page on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov). Now would be a good time to reserve your spot. See you later, Aloha!

October 16, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang! Awesome tour again. Inflation at the summit and Pu’u O’o were steady. At the summit the Lava lake had rose over the inner ledge and flowed over the ledge. At Pu’u O’o the lava lake was visible from the coastal plains. Lava on the coastal plains were very active. The activity was at a high level due to inflation. Again many different breakouts could be seen during our tours.Couple breakouts were amazing. Flowing for over 100yards at times with large rivers of Lava flowing for long distances. One flow stood out for the night. Two of guides reported to experience a fountain of Lava breaking out from a tube system and flowing really fast for 50yards and then re-entering into another tube system. That was very impressive. Never ever seen that happening on the coastal plains. Book a tour now while the Lava is flowing. ALOHA!

 

October 15, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha and welcome to another update of our Lava tours. Last nights Lava tours were awesome and successful. First tour which was led by Mikey had a fabulous time. They were able to get up right next to surface Lava flows. Our guests on that specific to  were very happy of what our tour could offer. The 4:30 tour, which was led by Ikaika had a incredible time also. They were at the Lava for almost 2 hours. Lava activity were at a minimal. Due to a slight deflation at the summit the activity had slowed a touch. But still there were a lot of action. Beautiful surface flows, flowed in to little rivers filling a crevasse or little depressions in the earth. Inflation had started this morning and slowly got up to level and this evening would be a perfect night for Lava viewing. The leading edge had stalled a little with minor flows occurring but the flanks of the flow field showed deffer. There were a lot of flows on the flank but after this inflation the leading edge would be activated again and hopefully would start flowing again.

Just wanted to note! On our 4:30 tour, Ikaika took out 12 guest which 6 of them got a rude awakening. What I mean! They were at the county viewing area before hours and ran across an illegal tour company trying to take out tours. They were at the county viewing area at just around 12pm(4hours before operating time). The guide for the illegal company  book these 6 people on a tour for $100 per person($600 for all six ppl) The illegal tour guide told these guys to pay at that time to reserve there spots. So they did. The tour guide said it is too early to go out so meet back at this spot in 3 hours(3pm). So they did. While reaching back at 3pm that so called tour guide didn’t show. They waited for over an hour. NO SHOW! They were very disappointed! This had happened many times this year. Just beware on who you look up. We will guarantee you a tour. Aloha everyone and beware for those people.

October 14,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! AT this time the summit of Kilauea(Halemaumau crater) and Pu’u O’o crater is still inflating at a steady rate. This behavior have not occurred in a while. In Halemaumau crater the Lava lake had over filled the inner edge lastnight and due to this event the activity in Pu’u O’o crater also will be spurring up. Glow from Pu’u O’o crater could be seen clear and bright from the coastal plains. Activity on the coastal plains will be very active in the next couple days due to these events occurring on both summits. Lava on the coastal plains lastnight was awesome. Lava had filled up a little hole and started moving towards east and seaward. Many different breakout could be seen lastnight and also in the middle of the flow field which it was difficult to get to because of the area it was flowing. Both of our tours got up to some incredible surface flows. Book a tour now while the Lava is hot.

October 14, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Steady Inflation at the summit and Pu’u O’o vent heightened the activity on the coastal plains. Lava flows on the coastal plains were wide spread  with many different flows to see. Our tours were at the most eastern lobe on the coastal plains which was heading east towards the Waikupaianaha ocean entry. Still a far ways away but moving steady. Gps readings of the flow front was just under a mile from the ocean. With this much amount of LAVA erupting out of the earth, an ocean entry is possible.

Tours lastnight was very successful. The hiking out took both tours just about 1 hour and a 1/2 each way. Viewing was incredible. Alot of pressure made the flows spectacular. Gentle flows erupted into huge rivers of LAVA lastnight. Book a tour now while the LAVA is hot.

October 12, 2012 Tour

Aloha! We had an awesome show last night with beautiful weather and very nice surface breakouts. Both of our groups were able to safely view these surface flows. The finger of lava that we were at had multiple breakouts that flowed really nicely as it broke out. There is still an ongoing DI inflation being recorded by the tiltmeter. The leading edge from a few days ago was stalled out, but more flows started just above these stalled out fingers. There were also more surface flows that were visible, but we were not able to get up close to these flows. Up on the Pali there were some break outs visible from our location as well as from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. Overall activity is good, so book your tour now. Until next time, Aloha

October 11, 2012

Aloha! The activity tonight was still very good, but the Kipuka seems to have stopped being burned by the lava. Multiple surface breakouts were seen and we were able to safely get up close to them. The leading edge has advanced slightly eastward and towards the ocean. Now is a very good time to book your tour. Aloha

October 10, 2012 Tour/Update

Aloha! The advancement of the leading edge has slowed slightly due to the deflation that started last night. The tiltmeter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov) is currently recording an inflation that seems to have started just a few hours ago.Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

The lava activity was still very good, as many surface breakouts were seen. Our groups were able to get up close to these surface breakouts safely. There were more surface breakouts next to the base of the Pali, and there seemed to be a small river of lava at the base of the Pali. Up on the Pali, there were 2 -3 small surface breakouts that were visible from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. Overall lava activity is still very good, so now is a good time to book your tour. Have a great night, Aloha.

October 9,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! October 9,2012 lava tour was very cool. The lava flows have been very active in this past month of October. The Lava flows have been advancing tremendously due to steady inflation at the summits. Strong inflation had made the flows advance more then 250 yards a day which is pretty impressive. Lava on the Royal Gardens hillside have hardened but all of the activity were on the coastal plains. Lava has surrounded one of the HVO webcams and flowed within 20 feet of the camera and moved east. There is only one lobe which is the eastern lobe and it’s moving towards the east. The leading edge of the flows are approximately 1/2 mike from the base of the Royal Gardens hillside and just under a mile from the ocean. Today is the first day of October for deflation at the summit. Inflation will occur soon. Aloha and hope to you see on the tour.