Aloha! The lava flow is still active, but the ocean entry has stopped. There are still surface flows above the now dead ocean entry that are still active. Along the flow field there were multiple breakouts that were visible. Currently the tilt meter, which is found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov) is recording an ongoing inflation at Halema’uma’u and Pu’u O’o. The current flow field is being fed by the Pu’u O’o vent. Lava activity is still good at this time and the weather is good as well. Here are some photos from November 28. Until next time, Aloha!

November 27,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again for another episode of the Kalapana Cultural Tours Lava update. Inflation both at the summit and at Pu’u O’u crater has been steadily rising for the past week. These behaviors are unknown. We are expecting a deflation soon though. At the summit GPS network. Extension at Kilauea had slowed down but there might be a slight increase because of this steady Inflation. The Lava lake rose to just under the inner ledge of the Halemaumau crater last night.  Also at Pu’u O’o, the north east pit had shown some activity also Last night which also could be seen from the county viewing area last night.

Last night we had 3 tours that were able to get up to some impressive surface flows. Flows on the coastal plains were very active just Mauka side(Hillside) of the ocean entry. The ocean entry last night had shut down during our observation last night. The ocean was small but beautiful. Little minor flows were entering the ocean. But the surface flows were incredible last night. Book a tour soon before the Lava stops. Mahalo!

 

November 26,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Lava flows on the coastal plains and the south Waikupaianaha ocean entry in the district of Kapa’ahu is still active at this time. Steady Inflation at the summit and at Pu’u O’o crater has been slowly rising. Both of our tours were able to view beautiful surface flows and also cascading ocean entries. We are also noting that we are taking guests to both surface flows on the coastal plains and also ocean entries. The ocean entry last night were at a  minimal. But the surface flows just up hill from the ocean entry were very active. We at Kalapana Cultural Tours will be opening up 2 more tours daily. 8am tour and also a 3:30pm, 4:30pm and a 5:30pm tour daily. Book a tour soon while the Lava is flowing. Mahalo!

November 25,2012 Evening Lava tour Update

Aloha everyone and welcome again to another blog episode. Today marks a stepping stone for our company. One of our pictures which was shot on November 25,2012 has been published on the front page of our local news paper. We would like to CONGRATULATE one of our photographer/Co-Owner/Guide Andrew for his hard work on the Lava field and taking his time on taking some memorable pictures.

As for the tours that departed Sunday evening. Both tours were successful in achieving on finding some awesome surface flows and also a beautiful ocean entries. Both tours were very happy and breath taken from our experience. The surface flows were gentle but wide spread and also the ocean entry last night was perfect for our tour last night. We are still in a Inflation stage which means the volcano has been producing a lot of LAVA as we speak. So book a tour now before it slows down. MAHALO!Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

 

November 25, 2012 Morning

Aloha! We launched our boat today and got some awesome shots of the lava flowing over the cliffside into the ocean. Yes the lava has started flowing into the ocean. The morning was beautiful and the lava was flowing very nicely. Three fingers had made their way over the cliff and into the ocean and most likely more had made their way as the day went on. Very beautiful morning, Aloha!

November 24, 2012

Aloha Gang! We have an ocean entry! The leading edge of the flow hit the ocean today at approximately 1:00 pm. Our groups were able to view lava flowing into the ocean and surface flows, which they were to put sticks in. Our guides reported that the ocean entry did get larger after we left and that it was awesome. There were some surface flows above the ocean entry that we got up to safely. The Tilt meter is still recording an  inflation, which means that you can expect some really good activity in the next few days. Aloha!

 

November 23, 2012 Tour/Lava Update

Aloha! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving because we sure did. Our stomachs were put to the test with the amount of food that we all ate, but enough food talk. Let’s get to the main course. Oops! Sorry for drifting back to the food.

The leading edge of the flow is approximately 50 yds away from the ocean’s edge and slowly advancing. The tilt meter recorded a deflation on Thanksgiving, but has since been recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u crater and at Pu’u O’o vent.Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

(This graph and more can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.) (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov)

There was good lava activity and multiple breakouts that we were able to get up close to safely. Our groups were able to witness small rivers of lava at the leading edge. Majority of the activity is at the leading edge, with a few breakouts scattered along the rest of the flow field. Just above the base of the Pali there was a small breakout that could be seen as a red dot. Overall lava activity is good. See you later, Aloha!

 

 

 

November 20,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Still the activity at the summit of both Kilauea and Pu’u O’o had been very active and elevated. At the summit of Kilauea, the lava lake fluctuated and had rose just below the inner ledge. Glow still could be seen from Pu’u O’o crater and we also could see the glow from the coastal plains. Awesome events happening on the summits.

As for the coastal plains the flows remain active on the base of the Royal Gardens subdivision and on to the flats towards the ocean.The leading edge remain sluggish but towards the base of the Hill side and the middle part of the coastal plains. The Lava flows were very active in those areas but the leading edge are still flowing at this time but very sluggish. All tours last night were successful. The weather had held up for our tours. Book a tour soon and be next to creation. Mahalo!

November 18, 2012 Tour

Aloha! Lots of lava to see last night. There were multiple breakouts that were very active. The leading edge has again made it’s way to approximately 200 – 300 yds from the boundary of the land and sea. Up towards the Pali the bright glow from the past few night’s had subsided, which means the breakout at the base of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision has either stopped or has stalled significantly. Down at the leading edge the surface flows were pushing a lot and had advanced slightly, and filled in a slight depression in the short time that we were there. Very good activity at this time. Aloha!

November 17, 2012

Another awesome show tonight! Aloha folks, the lava activity was very good tonight. We had multiple surface breakouts and they were fairly large ones.  The leading edge seems to have reactivated, but the breakouts are higher up a few hundred yards. Along the flow field there were many breakouts and some were really nice. At the base of the Pali a bright glow could be seen, as well as some nice surface flows seen by one of our groups that went towards the base of the Pali. The weather turned out to be cooperative and we stayed dry throughout the duration of our trips. Good overall lava activity right now. Have a great night, Aloha!