September 27, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Everyone! We had awesome activity earlier tonight. Our guests were able to safely view surface flowing lava. When we first got to the flow area the activity was a little slower, but as the lava inflated breakouts started to happen and the activity picked up. One large flow broke out as a portion of a Tumulus broke off and an A’a flow made it’s way along the surface. This was a large one. This flow continued to flow as the a’a type lava, which is very broken up and jagged, not something you want to fall on. As night fell, the activity started to pick up even more and the view was amazing. Another awesome evening, Aloha!

September 25, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! We had some awesome activity last night with multiple breakouts that our group viewed during their visit to the active flow. A few of the breakouts were fairly large and became small rivers, which were great to view. The hike was beautiful and our group got to the active flow just before sunset. This made for awesome pictures and a great time. Our guests were extremely happy with the tour and the activity that they saw. Aloha!

P.S. Pics will be posted soon

September 23, 2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Just would like to start by saying “wow”. Lava activity was phenomenal. A lot of flows were be witnessed on our tours. We had an early morning tour which departed at 6am in the morning. The hike was amazing. Watching the sun rise was also a treat for our guests. The hike was around 4 miles each way with a elevation climb of just about 1400 feet. The flows this morning was awesome. We were able to get up to a good size river of lava flowing over a hill which was impressive. There were many breakouts for our guests. Small breakouts to 12 feet shelves breaking out on to a older and cooled Pahoehoe surface. Our guests were extremely happy.

Our second tour that departed at 2pm also was able to view some impressive flows. This tour stayed until just before darkness which was cool. They were also stoked and happy for what they have witnessed. The hike remained the same at just about 4 miles each way with an elevation climb of 1400 feet. This tour that we are offering at this time is the most breath taking we have ever offered. The views from that elevation is the most breath taking in our district. The only way to experience views of the whole Kalapana area, which was once populated by native Hawaiian families which was displaced by the lava, is to hike this trek and view it with one of our native Hawaiian guides. Come and join us now while the Lava is flowing. Aloha!

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September 22,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Good news Lava is flowing once again. With many scouting missions  out to the new surface flow we have agreed to open up our tours and started to take tours at this time. Lava continues to flow at this time and it is accessible right now. Lava flows have just entered the Royal Gardens Subdivision and is very active right now. It is a lot further n then previous hikes in the past. It is also a elevation climb of about 1200 feet with just about 4.2 miles each way. It is not an easy hike but well worth it. The views are breathtaking and the flows are really active. We have opened up 2 tours a day at this time. We have an early morning hike witch departs at 6:00am and our second tour departs 2:00pm in the afternoon. The duration of the hike is just about 6 to 7 hours round trip. We are gaining access to this flow soon witch will cut the times and length of the tour in half. Stay tune for more updates. These pictures are from our tour this morning. Aloha!

September 16,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang! Lava flows on the Pulama Pali still remain active through this 24 hour period. There are more breakouts than last nights observation. Lava continued to enter in the Peace Day Lava Tube system. HVO reports that the peace day flow is inactive. Here in Kalapana, the Peace day flow still remains active at this time. Couple of our guides did a morning scout mission on the coastal plains and reported that earlier in the day there was a surface flow breakout in the area of the previous surface flows a couple weeks ago. This could also indicate the tube system is still filled with Lava the pressure is at a minimum. We will be doing a scout mission to those flows on the Pulama Pali and get a better idea on the strength of the flow and also see if it is worth taking tours to. We are will be recording the distance and time of the hike and also are doing an aerial scouting mission to get a better perspective of the flow activity. Stay tuned for more updates this week. Mahalo!

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September 15,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang! Lava flows continue to be active on the northern part of Pu’u O’o crater. Flows continue to enter the forest and small breakouts continue to ooze out in half a dozen area’s  on the Kahaualea forest reserve. These flows are inaccessible at this time. But we have good news. Our guides have reported to view some Lava flows on the Pulama Pali which is viewable from the County Viewing area. Also residents from Kalapana Gardens have reported Lava flows have intensify in the last couple nights. These flows are just hints of the Peace Day tube system being active at this time. Tours may resume this week. These flows at this time is long and difficult. We have taken tours in that area before more than once and this hike is not for wimps. Our staff will be scouting this flow in the next coming days from air and land. Stay tuned for more updates.

As for our new tours that we will be offering soon, stay tuned for our Rain Forest Lava Hike. This Hike will involve a cultural hiking tour through a native Hawaiian Forest with Native Hawaiian birds in the forest canopy chirping away. Then enter an active crater with beautiful views of a Lava lake. We’d like to Thank Phillip Ong from Volcano Discovery for an awesome guided hike to this amazing area. Stay Tuned for that soon. We will be conducting these tours as soon as possible. Mahalo!

Here are some photo’s of our Hike with Phillip Ong from Volcano Discovery.

 

 

September 11, 2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang! Lava flows are not active on the coastal plains but is active just over the Royal Gardens Subdivision. It is approximately a 5 to 6 miles to an active flow each way. Lava flows is making way to the coastal plains area at this  time. Lava flows are approximately 2 miles southeast of Pu’u O’o crater and advancing daily. The peace day flow tube system(Tube system feeding the coastal plains) remain active. Lava is still traveling through the tube system. A scouting mission from our guides will give us more information about the hike . Distance, Time, Difficulty of the hike and also activity will be reported in the next couple days. Stay tune for our next Lava update.

Also we wanted to add that we are still giving cultural guided lava tours in east Hawaii. We are giving snorkel tours, Lower Puna experience cruising the coastal road and stopping at significant cultural sights, National Park hikes and also waterfall tours. Contact us if you are interested and also contact us for information about our Guided Lava Hike tours. We might be able to accommodate you at this time. Aloha!

This pictures below is the flow just about 1.5 miles southeast of Pu’u O’o crater. This picture was provided by one of our guides who hiked up on Monday. At that time lava flows was a little too far for tours. This will be only for the serious Lava goers.

September 8,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! As of right now, THERE IS NO FLOWING LAVA on the coastal plains. The once 2 year continuous active flow on the coastal plains has stalled out due to the now active Kahaualea lava flow which is north of Pu’u O’o crater. These flows are completely on the opposite side of the coastal plains. The tube system that supplies us with lava has split into two different tube systems. One feeding the Peace Day flow, which is where we conduct our tours and is located southeast of Pu’u O’o crater and the other is going north which is entering the Kahaualea forest reserve. Our company  had took a flight in the morning and to our surprise lava on the Kahaualea forest reserve remained active but sluggish at this time. Real minor flows at the Kahaualea flow. As for the peace day flow, Lava is still being fed through the tube system. Just above the Royal Gardens subdivision a sky light was visible with lava flowing through it. A nice breakout over the Royal Gardens subdivision was visible also. These flows are very active. We are planing a flight later on this week for an update. Stay tuned for more. Mahalo!

September 6,2013 Guided Lava Tours Update

Aloha gang! We had some awesome activity last night and saw a lot of activity. Multiple breakouts happened during the time we spent at the flow and we were able to safely get up close and view these. There is still no ocean entry and the surface flows are inland. The Kahaualea flow, which is North of the Pu’u O’o vent is still active and is currently burning a small Kipuka at this time.

We also had a film crew from Sony that we guided out last night. There were some really active flows that we were able to get them to and they got some amazing film. Crew members were extremely happy with the activity they saw. Another awesome night, Aloha!

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