January 30,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Lava activity at both summits is steady and solid. No huge significant changes to the actual Lava lakes and Lava activity has been high on the coastal plains. Inflation has been taking place for every 2 to 3 days. At Halemaumau crater, the Lava lake had rose just below the inner ledge of the crater. Sometimes rising over the inner ledge and spewing on to the inner ledge floor. At Pu’u O’o crater, The Lava lake has been fluctuating but it was hard to see from the webcams. Inflation at Pu’u O’o has been steady. A lot of activity at the summit.

As for our tours, we were able to get up to some beautiful surface activity. Surface flows were wide spread and awesome. Our guests were extremely happy after witnessing surface flows just Mauka(Hillside) of the ocean entry. The ocean entry was incredible. Lava could be seen  entering the ocean from many entry points which was easy to see. Small rivers of Lava and nice bench  collapses were witnessed last night. It was just a beautiful night for our guests. Book a tour now before the Lava flows stall out. ALOHA!

 

 

 

Guided Lava Hike – January 29, 2013

Aloha! The winds were blowing from the south, but switched slightly enough to where our groups were able to view the ocean entry from a safe area. The activity was very good as there were multiple ocean entry points. The tiltmeter, found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Website ( www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/update/information.php ), is recording an ongoing DI inflation since yesterday. The effects of this DI inflation could be seen as the overall activity increased since last night’s tours.

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

There were surface flows that were also visible, but most of the flow was being covered  by the plume of steam that created when lava meets the ocean. There was a little bit of rain tonight, but nothing too bad. Until next post, Aloha!

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January 28, 2013 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Steady fluctuations at the summit has spurred up activity at the ocean and on the coastal plains. Lava has entered the ocean for just about 2 months now and lava has no signs of slowing down. Our tours on Sunday has been cancelled due to wind conditions. Unusual winds have restrict tours out to the ocean entry. South winds had blew the sulfiric plume to our viewing point and had restricted viewing. Surface flows were also active yesterday and has been active this week. Lava continued to enter the ocean this morning. Our tours On Monday(01-28-2013) has resumed and viewing was incredible Monday morning. Ocean entry was phenomenal and the surface activity was incredible. Inflation has started again and activity will get better over the course of the week. Book at tour now before the Lava slows down. ALOHA!

These photo’s were taken from our boat this morning which we are doing as of right now. Book a boat tour now also. ALOHA!

January 26, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Our groups were able to view both the surface flows and ocean entries.There were multiple entry points along the .25 mi stretch of coast that lava is flowing into the ocean. The wind was blowing slightly onshore, but we were able to get a good view without breathing any of the bad fumes that occur as the lava hits the ocean. The surface flows were located just above the ocean entry. We weren’t able to get to the surface flows until the wind switched and once we got there we were able to view small rivers of lava. There was an ongoing deflation being recorded by the tiltmeter, which records the DI inflation-deflation of the Pu’u O’o vent and the Halema’uma’u crater and can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. The deflation switched to inflation late on the night of January 25. The weather was great and the moon was out, making for a beautiful evening. Very good activity at this time. Until next post, Aloha!

January 23 & 24, 2013

Aloha Gang! The ocean entry is still active and still flowing into the ocean. A piece of the bench had collapsed on the night of January 23. The bench is still there, and is obviously smaller because of the collapse. From one end of the ocean entry to the other is still approximately 0.25 mi across. Surface flows have slowed down, but are still able to break out on the side of the tube system. Currently the tilt meter, which records the inflation/ deflation at Halema’uma’u and Pu’u O’o, is recording an ongoing deflation. There have been many times that we have been in the field during a deflation and have seen awesome surface flows opposite of what the tilt meter  was recording.

Last nights tour was a little wet, but still awesome viewing at the ocean entry. Multiple ocean entry points were visible and the surface flows were stalled out near the ocean entry. However, there were surface flows near the base of the Pali that have been there for just over a week. Up on the Pali, there are no surface flows that are visible, but the steam and fumes from the tube system are easily visible during the night because of the moon and during the day as well. There is still some good activity to be seen at the ocean entry at this time. See you later, Aloha!

January 22, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The weather was nice and the lava activity was high. Our groups were able to view both the surface flows and the Ocean entry safely. The surface flow was close to the ocean entry and was very nice. Everyone was able to get up close safely. The ocean entry continues and is as awesome as ever.The Delta or Lava Bench is still forming and getting bigger, adding more land to the Big Island. The bench, however is very dangerous. A collapse can happen at any time and without warning. Once the bench gets to heavy, it will collapse under it’s own weight. This could be disastrous if anyone were to be on the bench.

The tilt meter is recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u, while at Pu’u O’o the tilt meter is recording a flatline, but the activity along the flow field and at the ocean entry is good. The activity is very good at this time. Aloha and A Hui Hou!

January 22, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The ocean entry is still very active and spectacular. There are many entry points along a 1/4 mi stretch of coast. There is a small bench (Delta) forming at the ocean entry, but we are viewing the ocean entry from the old sea cliff. A Lava bench or Delta is formed when lava flows into the ocean over previous cliff edge/coastline. The new land has no support, so when it get too heavy it will collapse without warning under it’s own weight.

The surface flows near the Ocean entry seems to have stalled out, but up near the base of the Pali a bright glow could be seen. This would indicate a surface flow at the base of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Higher on the Pali there are no visible surface flows to be seen. However, there is a bright glow coming from Pu’u O’o. There is still good activity to be seen. Until next post, Aloha!

January 20,2013 Guided Lava Walk Update

Aloha everyone! Lava entering the ocean remains active due steady inflation but at 12p.m yesterday, deflation had occurred. The Lava lake in both craters( Pu’u O’o and Halemaumau) still remain at a high value. The Lava lake in the Halemaumau crater remained just below the inner ledge of the crater but has been over flowing on the the inner ledge this week during DI inflation events. Also at the Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake showed some spattering and also over flowed the ledge and flowed on to the crater flow. Those events also happened on DI inflation. Glow from the crater could be seen from the coastal plains at night. Just an awesome sight.

As for our guided walking tours, the ocean entry has showed some impressive flows. Lava could be seen flowing into the ocean and around 5 ocean entries. Little spattering and nice cascading rivers also was witnessed on our tours last night. Nice surface breakouts could be seen just Mauka(hillside) of the ocean entry. Our guests could walk right up to it and view it with in 10 feet from them. Last night was really awesome. Beautiful weather and awesome guests. Book a tour now while the Lava is hot. ALOHA!

 

January 19, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Pu’u O’o is very active and the glow can be seen in our area. Some of the activity can be seen on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov). We have heard reports from helicopter pilots of spattering in the collapse pit of Pu’u O’o. All of this has affected the activity of the ocean entry and flow field. The plume was at first blowing onshore, so our groups had to view the ocean entry from a safe point. After the wind switched we were able to get closer and view the ocean entry and surface flows. Near the base of the Pali there was a bright glow as well, which indicates that the surface flow in that area is still active. On the Pali there are no surface flows that are visible. Over all activity is good and lava viewing is awesome at this time. Until next time, Aloha!

We were also able to view this water spout at the Ocean entry. Very lucky!

January 17, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Viewers! We had more awesome flows tonight. There were multiple ocean entry points again and the surface flows were very close to the ocean entry also. We were able to safely view both of these tonight. Many bright glows could be seen along the flow field, but none as bright as the ocean entry or Pu’u O’o. The collapse pit in Pu’u O’o is said to have almost filled up, which would explain why a bright glow can be seen  from the coastal  plains.

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

This tilt meter and more informatiom can be found on the Hawaii Volcano Observatory website (www.wr.usgs.hvo.com). The tilt meter has recorded a small deflation in Halema’uma’u, but Pu’u O’o is now experiencing an inflationThe weather was nice enough and we didn’t get wet. The activity is really good at this time, so call and reserve your spot. Aloha!