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!

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