August 19,2013 Guided Lava Tours and Lava Boat Update

Guided Lava Tours

Aloha everyone! Surface activity was amazing and all of our guests were able to get up to some impressive surface flows. There was many breakouts for our guests. Lava continued to flow towards the ocean. Surface flows are approximately 1 mile away from the ocean entry. The Hiking distance is about 3 miles each way. It takes about 2 hours each way with our interpretive tour. Come and join us on our tour now while the Lava is flowing.

Lava Boat Tour

Sea’s were 2ft and winds were just around 10-15 knots from the east. The sea’s was perfect for a Lava Boat ride. The round trip boat tour was just around 2 1/2 hours with 40min ride down to the Lava and 45min ride back with viewing time around 30min to 40min of viewing time. Lava continued to flow in to the ocean in 2 distinct entry points. Two medium size rivers of Lava entered the ocean with a huge river poured on to the Lava bench area. Our guests were so happy for what they have seen. Amazing views and breath taking sunset. Book a tour now while the ocean is calm. Aloha!!!

 

 

 

August 19, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Last night was a beautiful night. The weather was beautiful and so was the lava. The surface flows were active and we were able to safely get close to them. There were multiple breakout points along the leading edge of this surface breakout, which was found by our guide Prince a few days ago. Being that this surface breakout is Pahoehoe lava, it is spreading out and slow flowing, as opposed to A’a which is a channelized flow, causing the lava to flow quickly. Some of these breakouts were very nice and as they broke out the wind began to immediately cool the surface layer. After safely viewing the surface flows, we made our way to the ocean entry. The ocean entry has slowed down slightly, which was most likely caused by the surface breakout stealing some of the pressure from the tube system. Still, the view was beautiful as we could see lava making it’s way into the ocean. A breakout also happened at the crest of the hill above the lava bench area. This flow was making it’s way down the cliff and into the ocean, but at an angle that we couldn’t see it to well from. What a beautiful night, Aloha!

August 18,2013 Guided Lava Tour Adventure

Aloha everyone again! Lava activity on the coastal plains but the ocean entry is slow at the moment. There were 2 lava ocean entry point. Both points were visible with a 3ft wide river followed by a small river just couple feet from each other. The surface activity was high at this time also. The flow field was wide and active. The hike remained just about 2 1/2 to 3 miles each way to the surface flow with an addition of about a mile to the ocean entry. But it is so worth it. The viewing at this time is incredible.

Inflation at the summit has made lava flows on the coastal plains at a high at this time.The lava lake at the summit has rose just about 100ft below the crater rim floor.  Steady rise of the lava lake has been occurring for over 3 weeks with some minor DI Deflation events Happening periodically. Lava flows heading North from Pu’u O’o crater has been burning parts of the Kahaualea forest reserve. These flows North of Pu’u O’o crater might have been taking some of the pressure from the ocean entry. We will be taking a flight up there later this week. Stay tune for updates about that flow. Come and join us before the lava will stop flowing soon. Aloha!

August 16, 2013 Morning Boat Tour & August 15, 2013 Evening Boat Tour

August 16, 2013 Tour

Aloha Friends! Our morning boat tour was great, and the lava activity was awesome. As we arrived at the ocean entry we saw a portion of the bench collapse into the ocean. Right as this occurred lava began to pour into the ocean as this portion of the bench was at the end of the lava tube system. We could then see into the tube system itself and it was amazing. This entry point was the most active, but there was another entry point east of this one, although it was pretty slow and mostly a steady drip. Very good activity. The ride back was a tad bumpy, but we got back safe and sound. Aloha!

August 15, 2013 Tour

Aloha Gang! We saw some amazing lava activity and our guests were very happy with the amount of lava they saw and the amount of time spent at the flow area. We witnessed a small portion of the bench fall into the ocean and saw many entry points. Really good viewing. The journey back to the Harbor was a little bumpy, but Captain Ikaika slowed the boat down in order to make for a slightly longer, but much smoother ride. Another amazing night in Hawaii, Aloha!

 

August 15, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity was great with the ocean entry still putting on a great show. There were multiple changes that we saw as lava continued to flow into the ocean. The ocean entry had picked up in activity since the previous night and the surface flow had stalled out as well. However, there was a new surface breakout approximately 20-30 min hike away from the ocean entry. Some of our groups were able to make it there and it was awesome. This was a good sized breakout and our guests were able to safely get up close to it. This increase in activity can be credited to the small inflation recorded by the U.S.G.S. through the tiltmeter, which are instruments that measure the inflation and deflation of the Pu’u O’o vent and the Halema’uma’u crater (Kilauea caldera). More of this info can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. http://www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov

Good lava activity at this time. See you later, Aloha!

August 14, 2013 Guided Lava Adventure

Aloha! We had an awesome time at the ocean entry. There were two main entry points that were continuously flowing. On the hike towards the ocean entry we saw a big plume of smoke rise into the sky. This is indicative of a bench collapsal. When our groups arrived, our predictions were correct. A portion of the bench was lying in pieces on the newly formed black sand beach as the waves were crashing onto the coastline. The activity had slowed a little since a few nights ago, but was still awesome to see. During our visit at the ocean entry one of our guides found a surface flow that was safe to get  close to. This was a small surface flow, but enough for everyone to safely view up close. With the moon illuminating the surface of the ocean we made our way back home, but we stopped to view the ocean entry once more and then continued home.

Currently the tiltmeter is recording an inflation at both the Kilauea caldera and  at Pu’u O’o and can be viewed on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Website http://www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov. This minor inflation could possibly cause an increase in activity. Overall it was an awesome night, Aloha!

August 12, 2013 Guided Lava Adventure

Aloha Folks! We had an awesome time tonight. The ocean entry was very active and multiple breakouts were viewed in the time that we spent there. A small portion of the bench had fallen into the ocean, but lava continues entering the Pacific  Ocean. The surface flows just above the ocean entry is active, but we just couldn’t get close to it because it is in line with steam from the ocean entry. This steam is made up of Sulfuric acid and small glass particles. Overall lava activity is good as well as the weather and the clear skies, Aloha!

August 11, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Awesome night tonight. The ocean entry was extremely active due to a surface flow that broke out just above the ocean entry and flowed onto the Lava Bench. From there this surface flow continued to flow over the bench and into the ocean. Multiple entry points were created by this and it continues to flow into the ocean. What a sight! A few groups made it to the surface flows that are much further and saw some good lava activity. The weather is also good and the stars were easily visible as well as the few meteors that were seen burning up in the atmosphere. Now is a great time to join us for an experience of a lifetime, Aloha!

August 09, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity was good and the ocean entry was very active as multiple breakouts were witnessed during the time that we were there. The increase in activity can be contributed to an inflation that was recorded by the Tiltmeter, which is an instrument used by the USGS to measure the inflation and deflation of Pu’u O’o and Halema’uma’u. This measurement is recorded in graph form and can be seen along with much more information on the USGS website, http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov. A few groups also made the far journey up to where the surface flows were active for the past few weeks. This is a much farther hike and guests will need to be in good shape for this portion of the hike. The activity was a bit sluggish, but we were able to see lava up close and be safe while doing this. Going to these surface flows adds at least another 1 1/2 miles to the roundtrip distance. All in all another beautiful night, Aloha!

August 08, 2013 Guided Lava Adventure

Aloha! We saw really good activity tonight. There was a nice river near the ocean entry that was making it’s way down onto the bench area. Lava continues to flow from Pu’u O’o in a tube system down to the ocean.This is approximately a 9 mile journey that the lava has been making since first entering the ocean in late November of 2012. There were surface flows near the Pali, but also a small surface flow near the Ocean entry had broken out. This surface flow was short lived however. The night skies have been gorgeous lately and the weather has also been beautiful, so this adds to the entire experience as most guests aren’t able to see the amount of stars at home like we do here. Aloha!