March 03, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

What a beautiful evening!, Aloha Guys. There were surface flows and multiple ocean entries that were visible and we were able to safely view both. The surface flows were located right above the nearest ocean entry point. The ocean was a little rough as waves were crashing into the ocean entry points and sometimes small bits could be seen flying into the air with the splashes from the waves. Up on the Pali, the surface flow has for sure stalled and could not be seen.

The tilt meter, which is found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website is recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u. While Halema’uma’u is inflating, Pu’u O’o is gong through minor DI events. There are still surface flows to be found and the ocean entries are very active. The weather was also very nice. Another awesome night. Aloha!

March 02, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! We had a beautiful night with surface flows and ocean entries. We safely got up close to surface flows and were also able to view the ocean entry from a safe vantage point. The surface flows were not as active as a few night’s ago, but we saw a little finger breakout coming out from a small tumulus. After viewing these breakouts we made our way to the ocean entry. The ocean entries that were closest to us last night were still very active, but the closest ocean entry stalled while we were there. The next closest entry point was very active however. This finger broke out multiple times while we there. Up on the Pali, the surface flows that were visible the past few days had stalled. A very beautiful evening with clear starry skies. Until next post, Aloha!

March 01, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We had an awesome time last night. We were able to safely view both the surface flow and the ocean entry. Once we got to the surface flow there was a nice breakout that occurred. This breakout started to flow out from a small tumulus off to the side of our group. After staying here for a while we made our way to the ocean entry, where we were met with an awesome view.

The new ocean entry that had started a few days ago got bigger and was very active. There were multiple breakouts that happened while we were viewing this awesome sight. Wave after wave crashed onto the rocks and flowing lava. The ocean water stalled the flows for just a second, but they would keep flowing as if nothing happened. Everyone just sat and watched without saying much, although some were taking photos. Just seeing this phenomenon seemed to have a calming effect on everyone. Up on the Pali the surface flow that was visible for the past few days could still be seen and looked to be still be active. To make things better, the weather was beautiful, which made the evening successful. Till next time, Aloha!

 

February 28, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Hope everyone is doing well. Our tours were able to see surface flow and ocean entry lava. We were able to get up close to the surface flow safely and able to view the ocean entry from a safe vantage point. There was a new ocean entry point that had started most likely the night of February 27. This new ocean entry is approximately 25 yards closer than the previously closest flow. This started from a surface flow that made it to the cliff edge. The ocean is pretty rough right now, so we were able to see the wave action against the Cliffside and the lava itself. Up on the Pali there was a surface flow visible. This surface flow seems to have broken out on the side of the lava tube system, which is coming down through the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. The weather was great and everyone was happy. Till the next post, Aloha!