Aloha Folks! Our guided lava hikes were canceled on April 19, 2013 because of the weather. The weather was really bad and was pouring for much of the day. Excessive amounts of rain causes what is called a “White out”. A white out is steam caused by the rain and heat of the lava. Visibility drops to almost zero during a white out.
April 20, 2013 tours were awesome as all of our groups were able to see lava flowing into the ocean at the ocean entry and surface flows above the ocean entry. The Lava bench has gotten larger in size. This is a very dangerous area as it could collapse at any time without warning. At the surface flow our groups were able to safely get up close to surface flowing lava. There were multiple breakouts and we saw some really active ones. Up on the Pali, we could see the surface flow making it’s way down the hill. This flow has advanced slightly down the hillside. We could also see the glow coming from Pu’u O’o and the Kahaualea flow. Awesome activity, Aloha!