February 27,2013 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Lava flows entering the ocean has been very active because of the ongoing Inflation at the summit of Kilauea. Halemaumau crater has been experiencing these long term inflation pretty often. These steady inflations, but yet quit small, has been sending some incredible flows on the coastal plains. At Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake on the northeastern part of the crater has been rising and falling with each DI event. The activity there has been increasing with these steady Inflation events. Lava flows north of the crater about 1 1/2 miles has still been really active and still flowing north along side the 2007-2008 flow field. The glow from these flows high over the Pali could be seen from the coastal plains.Also flows just above the Royal Gardens Subdivision has been active still. These flows are approximately 4 miles away from the ocean and is just about at the 1600ft elevation level.

As for our Guided Lava Tours, the ocean entry had put out a show for our guests. At the ocean entry, they’re were multiple entries which our guests could view safely and close. Little rivers with some Lava explosions were witnessed by our tour groups.  There were also some surface activity which our groups could get up to and roast a marshmallow. The surface activity were easy to view and safely approachable. The guided Lava Tour adventure is the most popular activity there is on the island. Come with us on our next hike. ALOHA! www.kalapanaculturaltours.com is our website.

 

 

February 25, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Our tours went really well with all of our guests being able to see both the surface flows and the ocean entry. The ocean entry that is the furthest east is creating a small bench. Once this bench get too heavy to handle it’s own weight it will collapse. You wouldn’t want to be on the bench at all because of this reason. There were the same amount of ocean entry points and the viewing was from a safe vantage point. There were multiple surface flows that were visible as well as one near the base of the Pali. The weather was also beautiful and we got to see another night rainbow. Awesome night! See you later. Aloha!

February 24, 2013 Guided Lava Hikes/Tours

Aloha Gang! Our groups had an amazing night with surface flows and ocean entries to see. Both of these were very active. There were multiple ocean entry points along a 1/4 mi stretch of coastline and all could easily be seen. The surface flows were very active as well. There were a few different spots that we were able to safely get close to surface flows at. The weather was also very nice with clear skies and a full moon as well. The full moon lit everything up and the landscape did indeed look very lunar. The surface of the lava takes on a kind of silvery, moist sheen when the full moon lights it up. Up on the Pali, there was no visible surface flow, but at the base of the Pali there was what seemed to be a river of lava that had broken out on the side of the lava tube system. All in all, a beautiful night and we even got to see a night rainbow!. Till next time, Aloha and A Hui Hou!

 

February 23, 2013 Guided Lava Tours

Aloha! Tonight’s tours were cancelled because of the continuous flash flood rains. Conditions like these are a recipe for injuries. Rough lava terrain and rain do not mix because the surface of the lava becomes slippery and the chances for falling increases. Once excessive amounts of rain hit the hot lava the resulting combination creates excessive amounts of steam or a “White Out”. Visibility drops by a lot and hiking around in steam isn’t a great idea as well as not so safe. The flash flood watch is in effect until tonight, but may continue until the morning. Hopefully it will clear up by morning. Until tomorrow, Aloha!

P.s. Here are some random photos……

February 22, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Hope everyone is staying dry. Last night’s tour was an extremely wet one as the weather was not the best. There was a lot of white out, caused by the excessive amount of rainfall. This white out obstructed our view of ocean entry lava, so we went further back to view it from a different angle. Good move. What we saw was a nice ocean entry dripping onto a newly formed black sand beach. The sight was breathtaking. We would catch glimpses of this phenomenon clearly as the steam moved with the wind. Our guests were very happy despite the early shower. We then moved on to view surface flows, which warmed us up. A surface flow was happening just outside of the steam line that we were able to safely get up to. Just inside the steam line we could see a river of lava as the steam cleared from time to time. Awesome flow!

Tonight’s tour was cancelled due to the continuous rainfall. The continuous amount of excessive rainfall makes for dangerous conditions. We will possibly resume tomorrow if the weather allows it. Stay dry folks, Aloha!

Thursday February 20, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Gang! We had a great time tonight with awesome views. Our groups were able to safely view both the surface flows and the ocean entry. Tonight’s weather was very cooperative with clear skies and a beautiful sunset.  The ocean entry is still approximately a .25 mi wide with multiple entries hitting the ocean. There is a deflation happening, but the overall activity is still very good. On the hike back bright glows could be seen on the clouds above Pu’u O’o crater.  Overall activity is good, so book now to experience this for yourself. Until next time, Aloha!

 

February 19, 2013 Guided Lava Walk

Aloha Folks! Tonight was  much better weather wise than the past two days. We cancelled February 17 & 18 because of the bad weather. Excessive or heavy rain on the still hot/warm lava creates what is called “White Out”. When a white out occurs there is a large amount of steam that is generated. One can get trapped in this steam because of poor visibility and being in steam is not such a great idea. The activity was very good tonight as our groups were able to see surface flows and the ocean entry safely. There are still multiple points of lava that are entering the ocean across a .25 mi wide area. All the while creating more land. Great night, overall. Until next time, Aloha!

February 16,2013 Lava Hike Update

Aloha again! Our Lava Hike last night was awesome as ever. There were many surface activity that we could safely approach which is rear right now and also a ocean entry that we haven’t seen in a very long time. When arriving to the surface activity we have notice an increase in area that the surface flows have been flowing in. The area was approximately 300meters wide of surface breakouts everywhere. These surface activity ranged from little pahoehoe breakouts to massive rivers of LAVA stretching to the sea. These flows were easy to view and also safe to view from a close distance which was awesome. All of our guests were extremely happy. As for the ocean entry, we haven’t seen something like what we have seen on our tour for a very long time. Our guests and also guides had witnessed the incredible LAVA hose entry. What happened was one of the Lava delta had  collapsed and it had created a Lava water hose effect. The flow looked like a huge water hose made of Lava spewing into the ocean. We call that a LAVA hose. This phenomenon has rarely happen in the past. And all of our guests were able to view this event which was cool. So book a tour now while the Lava is still flowing. ALOHA and have a great day.

 

 

 

February 15,2013 Lava Walk Tour Update

Aloha again! Lava flows on the coastal plains remained active. Incredible flows were witnessed by our tours last night. There were some surface activity and beautiful ocean entries. Lava at the summit at Kilauea still remained very active also at this time. At Halemaumau crater, steady inflation is still occurring at this time. The Lava lake level rose just below the inner ledge of the crater. Viewing at the crater last night was difficult because of the steady rain and fog in the area. At Pu’u O’o  crater, the eastern pit still remained active also with some spattering of Lava on to the crater floor. The north breakout off the flank of Pu’u O’o still was active last night. Glow could be seen from the HVO webcams. This Lava Flow continued to flow steadily. Also between Pu’u O’o crater and Royal Gardens Subdivision, There was a flow that continued to be very active. This flow could be seen from the coastal plains. The glow of that flow was bright last night.

As for our tours, The coastal plain activity was incredible for our guests. Everyone enjoyed it. Some beautiful surface activity with some impressive ocean entries. There were a few ocean entries with close to a dozen surface flows. All of these were safe accessible for our guests. Join a tour now while the Lava is flowing.

 

 

 

February 14, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Viewers! Tonight’s groups were able to view both the surface flows and the ocean entries. We were able to safely get up close to and feel the heat from surface flows that were just above the ocean entry. There were multiple ocean entries that were entering the ocean at the cliff edge. The new ocean entry that started approximately two days ago has stalled slightly, but may have broken out again since we left. Up high on the Pali, there were no surface flows visible. There was a bright glow that was coming from the direction of Pu’u O’o and it could be seen coming off of the clouds. Until next time, Aloha!