Guided Lava Hike-March 27, 2013

Aloha Gang! We had some awesome activity last night. A surface flow had broken out from the side of the lava tube system and had created a river of lava that had made it’s way to the Cliffside and into the ocean. This flow was very active and moving at a good speed. We were safely able to get up close to these surface flows. The ocean entry was nice as well and was joined by the surface flow making it’ way into the Pacific Ocean. Up on the pali, we could see the surface flow, which was visible last night, peeking over the pali. Amazing night! Aloha.

Guided Lava Hike-March 26, 2013

Aloha! We had some really good lava activity and were able to find a nice surface flow. The surface flow was a little higher than it has been recently, but it was a really nice one. We also had a full moon last night, which made for a really beautiful night. The ocean entry was also really active and we were able to see the lava entering the Pacific Ocean. Every once in a while, small chunks of lava would be thrown into the air. Up on the Pali, we could see the glow from the Kahaualea flow and we also saw a couple fingers peaking it’s way over the Pali. Couple of these fingers were more easterly than the previous flow. Inflation has appeared to occur yesterday and hopefully today we will see more surface activity on the coastal plains. Until next time Aloha and a hui hou.

March 25, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The ocean entry was very active, but we weren’t able to find any surface flow to get close to. The wind was blowing the fumes of the ocean entry away from us, so we were able to view lava entering the ocean. There are two ocean entry points and both are still very active. Up on the Pali, we could see the glow coming from Kahaualea flow. No surface flow, but still a very beautiful evening. Aloha

March 24, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We had some good weather last night and some lava activity as well. Our groups saw both the surface flow and the ocean entry from safe vantage points. We were able to do our tours because the winds weren’t blowing in our tour area. The ocean entry was very active and the ocean entry point we saw had a small river flowing into the Pacific ocean. The surface flows were good and we were able to get up close to them. Up n the Pali we could see the glow coming from the Kahaualea flow. Overall activity is good. Until next time, Aloha!

 

March 22, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Surface flows were hard to find tonight, but we were able to find some small surface flows. The ocean entry however was good as our groups were able to see lava flowing into the ocean. We didn’t cancel tonight because the winds weren’t blowing the fumes into our tour area. The winds were blowing straight onshore, which is enough to miss our tour area. Up on the Pali, there was a faint glow in the sky. This glow is coming from Pu’u O’o and also from the Kahaualea flow, which is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o. Another great night. Aloha!

March 20 and 21, 2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! We have cancelled all of our tours due to the strong southerly winds. These winds have made lava viewing very dangerous because of the sulfuric acid in the ocean entries plume cloud. Breathing in these type of fumes will effect your breathing capabilities and also cause death. So the past couple days we have cancelled all of our tours. We are hoping that our tours will resume soon. Until next time Aloha!!!

Guided Lava Hike – March 18, 2013 Helicopter Flight

Aloha! We were able to get a helicopter flight with David Okita,  whom is one of the best pilots on the island and in the state. The first flow that we checked out was the Kahaualea flow. This flow has split into two branches and both are active. At Pu’u O’o, lava could be seen in both of the collapse pits that we saw. After viewing these two areas, we then headed to the ocean entry. While at the ocean entry, we saw the three main entry points and noticed that the southwestern entry point was the most active. After viewing the ocean entry, we went along the coast to view some beautiful scenery, then we made our way home. A Big Mahalo to Dave Okita for the awesome flight. Aloha!

 

 

March 18, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Our tour was a great one as we saw some good surface flows and we saw a good ocean entry. When we got to the tour area, there was a nice surface flow in the same general area as the night before. While we were there we saw multiple breakouts. After hanging here for a while we then went to the ocean entry. We caught glimpses of lava entering the ocean and every once in a while we saw lava flying into air. As we were viewing this certain area a crack was seen forming along the lava bench, and all of a sudden the bench collapsed. This caused a violent reaction as lava was being shot into the air in small explosions. What a sight! Another beautiful night, Aloha.

P.S. some of the pics are blurry because the photographer got excited.

March 17, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

We had an awesome tour last night! Aloha, The ocean entry was a little sluggish, but was still flowing. There are a couple of entry points, unlike the amount of entry points that we had the past few months and earlier in the month. At first, the surface flow was sluggish as well, but as we were on our way to check on the status of the surface flow, there was a big surface that broke out. When we got there it was awesome! This surface flow was a really nice one and was flowing really well.

Up on the Pali, there was no surface flow that we were able to see, but at the base of the Pali there was a glow, which would indicate a surface flow. The Kahaualea flow is still advancing and is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o. This may be the reason for the minor deflation that we are experiencing. The weather was cloudy, but we were able to stay dry. Awesome night, Aloha!

March 16, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Tonight’s tours were awesome! Aloha Folks, we saw some really nice surface flows tonight and of course we also saw the ocean entry. The surface flows were safe to approach and we viewed the ocean entry from a safe point as well. Despite being overcast all day today and raining in some areas, the weather held up tonight and everyone stayed dry. There was a lot of wind however, which was blowing from the Northeast. We call this type of wind “Mountain Winds” because the wind is blowing down from the mountains, which makes the temperature cooler. At the base of the Pali there seemed to be a glow, which would indicate a surface breakout. Up on the Pali, the surface flows that were visible a few days ago were not seen. All in all, a great evening. Aloha!

P.S. Unfortunately no one took out the camera, so we don’t have any pics from tonight.