Guided Lava Hike – January 16, 2013

Aloha Folks! Our tours were great, as there was a lot of activity to be seen. Surface flows were seen flowing over the cliff edge and into the ocean. Not to mention there were multiple ocean entry points that were just spectacular. The ocean entries are spread out along approximately .25 mi of  the cliffside. Lava benches can be seen being created, but we are viewing the ocean entry from the old cliffside. Lava benches, or deltas can disappear or fall into the ocean without warning. This would be a very dangerous place to be.

Bright glows could be seen along the flow field as well as from Pu’u O’o. The tilt meter on were very active and the Lava lake has seem to be above it’s normal level. In that case,there is more Lava flowing on the coastal plains since the start of this particular flow in October. The activity is very good at this time, so book your tour to experience this for yourself. Get it while it’s HOT! ALOHA

 

January 15, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity is still very good, as there was a lot of surface flows visible and also multiple ocean entry points. The closest finger going into the ocean had stalled, but may have picked up again since we were there. Surface flows were very good and our groups were able to safely get up close to them. Up on the Pali, there are no surface flows that are visible, but near the base of the Pali the surface flows are still active. Also, along the flow field there are multiple surface breakouts that are visible. All in all  it was a good night, Aloha!

January 14,2012 Hawaii Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Lava continued to be very active at the summit of Kilauea and also in the area of Kalapana. The Lava lake at Halemaumau crater was also very active and had rise and over flowed the inner ledge of the crater. This special event has not occurred for a while. The DI tilt meter has been increasing for over 3 days and resumes to be at a high level on the meter also. Halemaumau crater viewing must be incredible at night. The glow and sounds of the crater must be wild at this point in time. At Pu’u O’o crater, wild activity was also witnessed on the HVO webcams. The crater has been showing some surface flows erupting out of the eastern pit and also the northern pit. The crater lake has also been overflowing over the last 24 hour. The Tilt meter has been recording some incredible fluctuations at Pu’u O’o. Something we haven’t seen for a while also. Both summits of Kilauea has been really active. That means in our end the flows have been awesome.

As for our Guided Lava Tours tonight, The ocean entry was magnificent with 7 cascading Lava falls entering the ocean at once. The sea’s were rough but the Lava was active. Our guests were general impressed by the awesome sight and left speechless. Our tour guests were also treated with some beautiful surface flows which were safe, easy and approachable. The eastern entry was the most active but the southern entries had looked to be just as good also. The southern entry was to far and dangerous but the glow from those particular entry seemed like it was very active also. All of our guests were happy. Join our tour now before the Lava cools down. The action is amazing. Book a tour soon. ALOHA!

 

Guided Lava Hike January 13, 2013

Aloha Viewers! Tonight there was a lot of activity to be seen. That’s right there were very nice surface flows visible as well as multiple entry points at the ocean. Along the tube system there seemed to be breakouts, but not on the Pali. Most of the activity is on the coastal plains and right at the base of the Pali there was a bright glow that could be seen from a distance, which is indicative of a surface breakout.

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

The tiltmeter graph is found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov) and measures the inflation and deflation of the Pu’u O’o vent and the Halema’uma’u crater. Pu’u O’o is the vent that is feeding the current flow field and ocean entry. Currently, as you can see there is an ongoing inflation that is being recorded by the tilmeter, which means that the upcoming activity should be good.Till next time, Aloha!

Guided Lava Hike-January 12, 2013

Aloha Gang! We had some great activity last night with both the surface flows and ocean entry. There were rivulets of lava to be seen and some of the flows were actually fairly large. Along the flow field there were many breakouts and bright glows could be seen from a distance. This includes the surface breakout near the base of the Pali. Near the top of Pulama Pali however, there were no surface breakouts that could be seen.

Back at the ocean entry things are going great. We were able to see multiple entry points and there are more that are around the the cliff point that we were unable to view . The weather was good and the stars were visible as the clouds moved away making for a beautiful evening. Really good activity at this time. Aloha!

January 11, 2013 Guided Lava Hikes

Aloha to everyone! The ocean entry is still active as well as surface flows that are visible. Our groups safely got up close to surface flows and were able to safely view the ocean entry. There were multiple ocean entry points visible at the cliff edge. Near the base of the Pali, there was a bright glow, which is indicative of a fairly large surface flow, while there were no surface flows visible on the top of the Pali.

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

The tilmeter, found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov), had recorded a deflation that started on January 10, 2013 and switched to inflation late January 11, 2013 (last night). The overall lava activity is good at this time and now would be a good time to book your tour.  Until next time, Aloha!

January 10,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Lava activity still remain active even though there is a deflation episode at this moment. Deflation has occurred this morning at around 3a.m. The tilt meters have recorded  a 2 microdian drop at the summit of Kilauea. There was a slight change at Pu’u O’o crater as in tilt activity but nothing major at the moment. At Halemaumau crater, the Lava lake had rose just beneath the inner ledge but right at the time of DI deflation the Lava lake dropped a little but still remain high. At Pu’u O’o crater there were no significant change at this time. The activity remains very high at Pu’u O’o crater.

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

As for our tours, the Lava activity on the Surface and the ocean remained at a high level. Lava continued to enter the ocean 4 different ocean entries. The most active one is the eastern ocean entry. A couple different streams of Lava could be seen from the specific entry point. Nice viewing tonight. As for the surface activity, the surface flows were active also. any different flows were easy to be seen and also safe to approach. Book a tour now before he Lava gets cold. Aloha and have  great ALOHA Friday. Mahalo!

 

Guided Lava Hike on January 09, 2013

Aloha! Tonight our groups were able to view both the surface flows and the ocean entry. Multiple surface flows were visible and safely approachable near the ocean entry. Lava was entering the ocean in multiple areas along the cliff edge, while surface flows nearby are slowly making their way to the cliff edge. The weather was also good and this made for an awesome sunset.

Up on the Pali, the surface flow near the top of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision that was flowing a few days ago had stalled out completely, but a new surface breakout near the base of the Pali had opened up. This breakout was actully a small river and could be seen from a distance.Overall activity is good as the tiltmeter is currently recording an ongoing inflation. This means that we can expect good activity in the next few days. Until next time, Aloha!

January 8,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! First off I like to say a big Mahalo to Paradise Helicopters for an incredible flight yesterday afternoon. Also a special thanks to Rich,who was our pilot for the afternoon. We would recommend Paradise Helicopters for an awesome experience and also recommend Marco or Rich as your pilots. Just an awesome flight. The Lava lake in Pu’u O’o crater from the air was very active. The level of the lake was approximately just below the rim of the crater and bubbling lava circulated the in portion of the lake. As for the activity, t is really high at this time.

Lava is still continuing to flow into the ocean and on the surface. The surface activity was very a high and our guests were treated to some incredible flows. The ocean entry was wide spread. The flow is approximately 1/2 of a mile wide. The most eastern ocean entry seems to be the most active but the southern ocean entry seems to be very active also. A new ocean entry seems to be making it’s way to the ocean between  the south entry and the east entry points. All of our guests were extremely happy and amazed by the tour. Mahalo.

Also on a note! We like to say a special thanks to couple of our guides Andrew and Ikaika on helping out on a rescue mission last night. Aiding the Hawaii Police and Fire department rescue team on rescuing a missing hiker situation. Andrew and Ikaika had found the hikers around 6 miles off course of the county viewing area at around 1a.m this morning. Both hikers were unable to hike anymore. Both our guides and also some rescue personnel stayed put with the victims with warm blankets and a shelter until the morning. Where the rescue operation followed with an air lift out from the top of the mountain. Without our guides expertise and the knowledge of the area those people would have not made it out alive. The mountain was rainy and cold. With no warm wear and at an age of 65 and 70 it was not looking good. So Mahalo to our guides Ikaika and Andrew for a job well done. Also walking out on your own poses a high level of concern and also it is illegal because of private properties but if you do, this kind of rescue operation has not been the first. in this NEW YEAR alone there were 12 parties rescued in determining 28 people from January 1,2013. We don’t want this to be you. ALOHA!

 

January 07, 2013 Guideed Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! The activity had picked up and there was a lot of lava to be seen. Surface flows were within the area and our groups were able to safely get up close to them. The ocean entry was awesome and the sunset was beautiful, which made for amazing photos. The tilt meter has been recording an ongoing inflation and the rise in activity can be seen. However, when we had the ongoing deflation, which started over a week ago, the activity was still very good.

The ocean is very rough at this time, so no boat tours were on the high seas. Up on the Pali, the surface flow that was once visible prior to the ongoing deflation has stalled out completely. This surface flow was a large one and very wide, making for a nice view from the Kalapana Lava Viewing area. The overall activity is very good and viewing is also good at this time. Until next post, Aloha!