May 28, 2013 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Welcome to another addition of our Daily LAVA blog. Lava has still been active at this time. Our guests were treated to surface activity and also an awesome ocean entry. Steady inflation at both summits of our Kilauea volcano. This event has hightened the Lava activity in our area. Amazing ocean entry. Beautiful cascading rivers of Lava continued to create a newly formed Lava bench. Awesome explosions of Lava has made viewing breath taking last night. Awesome surface activity also. Nice little oozing of molten lava right next to your feet. All of our guests were just amazed by the tour. Book a tour now while the Lava is Flowing. Mahalo!

May 27, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Tonight’s tour was awesome and the weather was great too. The wind was blowing the steam away from the ocean entry enough that we had an obstructed view of lava flowing into the ocean. Since the bench collapsal last week the ocean entry can be seen much easier and at a better angle. Surface flows were also great as multiple breakouts could be seen and we were able to safely get up close and personal. The surface flow on the Pali has advanced and spread out slightly. Overall activity was great and our guests had a great time. Book your tour now to experience this for yourself, Aloha!

May 25, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Our tour was awesome because of the activity that we saw. Although there was a deflation, the ocean entry and surface flows were really active. The lava bench had collapsed further and is extremely active. Waves continue to pummel the ocean entry points, slowing them down slightly, but after a short time lava breaks out again and continues to pour into the Pacific Ocean. The surface flows were awesome as well. All of our groups were able to safely get up close to surface flowing lava. Breakouts would occur then stall and inflate and another breakout would happen shortly after. Great night! To top it all off the sunset was Beautiful. Yes, I used a capital B. The sunset at the lava was that good. Until next time, Aloha!

May 24, 2013 Lava Hike Update

Aloha everyone! Welcome to another addition to our daily blog. Lava activity remained elevated at this time. Currently at the summit of Kilauea, the electronic tilt meter, which measures the ground tilt of the volcano, has deflated for the moment. Deflation will occur in the next couple of days. The ocean entry has been very active at this time. Multiple entries could be seen on our tour. The most eastern entry has been the best entry at this time. About 2 acres of the Lava bench had collapsed into the ocean. This event happens quite often, but in this case this is a rare event because of the size of the area. Surface activity was also amazing. Beautiful little rivers of lava just inches away from your feet. Aloha and stay tune for our next update. Mahalo!

 

May 22, 2013

Aloha Folks! We had cancelled our tours yesterday because of the winds, but we did a boat tour that was awesome. The ocean was fairly nice and the ride was smooth. On the way down to the ocean entry we saw many of the landmarks from a different angle which was beautiful. As we came up to the flow we had noticed that a large section of the lava bench had collapsed during the time that we hadn’t gone out. This is what we have been warning about because these bench collapses can happen without warning. The first ocean entry was steamy and we could see the lava pouring into the ocean every once in a while, but the second ocean entry was not as steamy and the lava could be seen much easier. This flow was amazing! We also saw a few surface flows that were flowing down the cliff near the first ocean entry. After viewing the lava, we headed back to the boat harbor and could see the moon making it’s way higher into the sky. What a beautiful night!

May 18, 19, 20 2013 Guided Lava Hike update

Aloha gang! Sorry for the inconvenience. We have been canceling our tours because of unstable weather North of our islands. This type of disturbance has caused our normal trades to stop and our southerly winds to play a big factor in our tours this week. These winds have made touring out to the flow a  health hazard. The gases from the ocean entry can restrict breathing abilities and also cause death if inhaled. These gases consist of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass. Not something that you want to be breathing in.  We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience this may be causing, but safety is our top priority. Hopefully the winds will switch to be safe enough for us to resume our tours. Until next time , Aloha!

Here are some random photos for you to see….Aloha!

 

May 16,2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha! Inflation at the summit of Kilauea has made lava activity high on the coastal plains and also at the ocean entry area. Surface flows were active and  easily and safely approachable. Nice Pahoehoe flows and also little rivers of Lava were seen on the tour last night. Our tours were treated to a beautiful lavafall at the ocean entry. Lava spewed over the edge of a cliff and continued to flow on to the lava bench. Awesome ocean entry also. There were multiple ocean entries but the most eastern ocean entry was the most active one. All of our guests were extremely happy. Activity will still be high today because of continued inflation at the summit of Kilauea and Pu’u O’o crater. Come and join our tour today. Mahalo!

 

Guided Lava Hike-May 15, 2013

Aloha Viewers! We had an awesome time on tour. The ocean entry could be seen very clearly and as night fell the colors were glorious. The activity also began to pick up while at the ocean entry as we would see multiple littoral explosions. The surface flow was just as amazing as we were able to see multiple breakouts and feel the heat on our face as we safely got up close to them. Up on the Pali, the surface flow that is on the hill has advanced in the past few weeks and is making it’s way to the base of the hill. We are keeping an eye on this flow because it is angling slightly to the east. Another beautiful night, Aloha!

May 14,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha folks! Lava continued to be active just above the ocean entry with multiple surfaces flows on the coastal plains and near the ocean entry. A nice river of Lava flowed on the surface and continued to flow over the cliffs on the  lava delta next to the ocean’s edge. This incredible lava activity was amazing and spectacular To see. Our tours could get right up to these flows safely. The ocean entry continued to be active in 3 different entry point. The most eastern point was the most active one and the most easiest to view. Nice rivers off lava entered the ocean. Just an amazing night it was. Mahalo for tuning in to our daily blog and stay tune for more. Also you can check us out on Facebook at Kalapana-Cultural Tours on our friend page and also on our buisness page at Kalapana(Guided) Lava Hikes. Mahalo!

 

May 12, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We had a great time at the flows and our groups were able to see lava flowing into the ocean as well as safely get up close to surface flowing lava. The ocean entry was awesome and we could see that the lava bench has grown. There could be a bench collapse soon as the lava bench is continuing to grow in size. This bench collapse would happen without warning, so no one should be on the bench area. We were able to view this ocean entry from a safe vantage point along the old sea-cliff. As for the surface flows, they were amazing! We got within 10 ft from the flowing lava and witnessed multiple breakouts that were spectacular. Just being able to feel the heat of lava that has traveled far from it’s source, but is still so hot and molten is something that can’t be put into words. You have to be there to experience it for yourself as nature makes you feel small, amazed, and among other things leaves you in total awe. Well, until next time, Aloha and A Hui Hou!