December 27 and 28,2012 Guided Lava Tours

Aloha everyone! Inflation has occurred at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Inflation had occurred on the morning of the 27th of December. A small ocean entry was reported on our Thursday afternoon tour and has continued through out our Friday the 28th tours. Not a very big ocean entry but something to see at this time. There are two small rivers entering the ocean at this time. At the summit of Halema’uma’u crater, the Lava lake rose just beneath the inner ledge of the crater. Views at the Jagger museum was prime for guests. Full moon night was in the foreground. At Pu’u O’o crater, the north eastern pit remain active and has been supplying Lava to the coastal plains at this time. Lava action will be high in the next few days.

As for our tours. Our guest were able to see both point of views of the Lava. First view would be entering the ocean and second view would be surface flows which is just more inland from the oceans edge. The ocean entry was minimal but  by the steady inflation, the ocean entry might be more active and also the surface activity would be a lot higher. Nice rivers of Lava were seen on both days flowing on the surface. Our guests were extremely happy for the tour out come. Book a tour now while the Lava is flowing. ALOHA!

 

 

December 26, 2012 Guided Lava Hikes

Aloha everyone again! Deflation in full effect and no ocean entry at this time. Lava flows on the coastal plains and the Pali. But deflation has occurred for the second straight day and and the Lava lake in the Halema’uma’u crater had dropped below the inner ledge but still remain very active at this time. Tilt meters around the summit had shown 4 microdians in decrease on the whole volcano but looks like its bottoming out today. At Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake still remain active in the thermal webcam on the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory website. Those camera’s could be viewed at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/.

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

Last night our tours were very successful in viewing Lava. During massive deflation, the flow still remain active. Our guided lava tours were up and going after a beautiful Christmas day. Last night the moon was out shining bright over the flow field, making it so awesome. NO RAIN! NO OCEAN ENTRY as of right now. Many flows were active on the flow field. Small rivers to big tumulus breakouts. Book a tour now while it’d hot. Aloha!

Christmas Day Guided Lava Tour

Aloha folks! Over a week of slow and steady inflation, finally we are experiencing a deflation episode. Deflation had occurred at just around 10p.m last night. The Lava lake at the summit had dropped below the inner ledge. Also at Pu’u O’o crater, the same occurrence is happening in the crater. The activity at both craters are still active at this time.

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

As for the tours and the activity on the coastal plans and the Royal Gardens Pali, those area’s were very active last night. The Pali flows, which is approximately 4 miles away was still very active and could be seen from the county viewing area. Nice rivers of Lava making it’s way to the coastal plains. Those flows were very visible. As for the coastal plains, lava flows were also very active at this time. Lava could be seen flowing in many areas of the coastal plains. Our guests were very happy last night. There is NO OCEAN ENTRY at this time. Lava flows are approximately 150yards away from the ocean. Just  about 2 days ago lava flows were about 30 yards away but due to deflation flows have not advanced. Mahalo everyone and book a tour soon while the LAVA is flowing. Aloha!

 

 

Christmas Eve Guided Lava Hike

Aloha everyone! Lava flows on the coastal plains were very active. Inflation on Kilauea volcano has made activity really good in our area. At Halema’uma’u crater, steady inflation  has been recorded and the lava lake has rose just below the inner ledge about 30 feet. At Pu’u O’o crater, massive inflation has been recorded. Could be because of the heavy rain we had yesterday. Or could be because of a lot of lava returning to the system. Lava on the Pali could be seen from the county viewing area. Nice flows still on the Pali.

As for our tours yesterday. Very successful but wet. Rain was apart of our tour yesterday and made it an interesting tour. Huge billowing stem clouds covered the coastal plains and made the viewing very haunting and reminded us of a horror movie. That was so cool and our guests were so excited. Lava flows were again IMPRESSIVE. Watching it flow and filling up a depression in the earth was just amazing. The leading edge of the flow was just about 100 yards away from the ocean edge. No ocean entry! Aloha everyone and have yourself a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Aloha

 

December 22,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha! Activity on the coastal plains was high last  night. Steady Inflation at the summit  has caused activity to rise, not only on the summits but also on the Pulama Pali and the coastal plains. No ocean entry at this time but with this activity, ocean entry will be soon for the flow field. All of our guests were extremely happy last night. Huge rivers of Lava flowed towards the sea with many different fingers of Lava extending easterly. THERE IS NO OCEAN ENTRY at this time. Also guests at the county viewing area were treated with some incredible flows on the Pulama Pali. These flows are pretty far away and has been making it’s way down the Pali for just about a week now. Just for your info we will not be going out today because of our company Christmas party. We will be operating on Christmas eve and Christmas Day. But if you are eager t go out today you can call Dave at Lava Beds Hawaii at (808)315-2256 for a wonderful private Lava tour. Mahalo everyone! Have a great day!

 

 

 

December 21, 2012 Tour (Winter Solstice!)

Aloha! While everyone was worrying about the end of the world we were doing our Guided Lava Hikes out to the surface flows on the coastal plains. The ocean entry had stalled completely a few days ago and has not started up since. There are surface flows above the ocean entry that we were able to get up close to (safely of course). Along the entire flow field there were many surface flows visible. The tiltmeter at Pu’u O’o is recording an ongoing DI inflation and the activity reflects this inflation.

Up on the Pali, there is a surface flow that is visibly advancing down the hillside. This surface breakout is at the top of the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. This flow can also be seen from afar at the Kalapana Lava Viewing area. The overall activity is good. Until next post, Aloha!

December 20,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Sorry for the past two days of updates but pretty much the same activity for the past couple days. Surfaces still remain highly active at this time. Just about 200 to 300 yards above the recent ocean entry. Our guides have reported that surface activity was wide spread and inflating at this time. Also last night one of our guides have reported to see strong glow coming from the ocean. That could be a new ocean entry had opened up or a small bench had collapsed into the sea. We are not sure but we have tour this morning and the guide from that tour will give us the report. All of our guests were just amazed and impressed to see beautiful flows last night.

Inflation at the summit has kept activity high on the coastal plains. At Halemaumau crater, The lava lake has rose just beneath the inner ledge of the crater. Nice glow could be seen at Jagger museum last night also. At Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake has rose to be visible in HVO’s webcam. Well aloha gang and book a tour today and watch some beautiful Lava flows while the world will end on this day. Mahalo!!!

December 17,2012 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha everyone! Ocean entry had stalled but surface flows are active at this time. Guides yesterday have reported that the Lava ocean entry had stalled and the action there was very weak but they have also reported that the surface active just up hill from the ocean entry was very active. Many different ocean entries were active. Our groups were able to see nice rivers of Lava creeping it’s way towards the ocean. Our guests were very happy.

At the summit of Kilauea, Inflation had started Last night and through out the morning. After a long period of Deflation Lava active on the coastal plains were slow. Inflation will heighten the active today and tomorrow. We are hoping activity will resume the Lava ocean entry in the next two days. Lava on the Pulama Pali was also active and visible from the county viewing area. Mahalo and book a tour now while the Lava is flowing.Aloha!

December 16,2012 Guded Lava Tour Update

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

Aloha everyone! Ongoing deflation has caused Lava to slow down and nearly stopping the lava from entering the ocean at this time. Lava flows on the coastal plains were still active but ongoing deflation at the summit has slowed the surface flows also. The Lava lake at Halemaumau crater had dropped and fluctuated just about 50yards below the inner ledge. At Pu’u O’o crater the Lava lake still looks very active last night. Lava flows on the crater floor had shown on HVO’s webcam. A nice size breakout on the Pali was visible last night. As for our tours. They all were successful last night. The ocean entry was kind of stalling out but there were a little Lava entering the ocean. Surface flows above was incredible though. Surface flows were wide spread through out the coastal plains. Our guests were very happy. Inflation should be occurring soon. Stay tuned for more updates. Mahalo!

December 15,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Our tours were a success again. Lava on the coastal plains was active again. Surface active was wide spread at this moment. All of our groups were able to get up to some awesome surface Lava towards the middle of the coastal plains area. Maybe around 1/3 of a mile above the ocean entry. Beautiful breakouts could be be witnessed. As for the ocean entry, the Lava activity was beginning to shut down because of strong deflation at the summit. Real minor flows were seen to enter the ocean. A small A’a flow and a really small Pahoehoe flow also. Just for your information, A boat tour right now would be a gamble because of the activity. But surface activity was great.

At the summit, we are seeing it’s first big deflation since the beginning of this ocean entry.  Negative 2 microdians and also a deflation at Pu’u O’o crater at negative .75 microdians. This might cause the ocean entry to shut down or slow. We are uncertain but the surface flows will be activity and that you will see with us. On the thermal webcam, both craters show a lot of Lava still. So as of right now no shortage of Lava. Book a tour now before the Lava will cool down. Aloha!Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i