Guided Lava Hike April 14, 2013

Aloha Everyone! Our guided lava hike last night was awesome. At first the winds were blowing from the south which we were afraid of, but we were able to view the ocean entry from a clear and safe vantage point. As the steam from the ocean entry cleared, we were able to see lava entering the ocean. What an awesome sight! Even the surface flows were active with multiple breakouts. Before we headed up to the surface flow we had to wait for the winds to switch so as not to inhale any of the fumes. As we got there the winds switched and blew the fumes away from the area we were in. This made for an awesome time viewing the surface flows. There seemed to be an increase in the lava activity, which can be credited to the inflation at Halema’uma’u and Pu’u O’o. Once again we could see the surface flow slowly advancing down the Pali, as well as the glow from the Kahaualea flow and Pu’u O’o. Another awesome night, Aloha

April 13, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha once again! We had awesome lava activity as we were able to view both the ocean entry and the surface flow. We were able to view both from safe areas. The surface flow was in the same area as last night, but had inflated and advanced slightly and was still nice to see. The ocean entry was just as beautiful and could be seen clearly. There also seemed to be a surface breakout west of the steam plume, but we were unable to view this because the steam was blowing into that particular area. Up on Pali, the surface flow making it’s way down was visible once again as well as the glow from Pu’u O’o and the Kahaualea flow. Another beautiful night, Aloha!

Guided Lava Hike-April 12, 2013

Aloha! We had an awesome lava hike. All of our guided hikes were able to find the awesome surface breakout, which we were able to safely get close to  this surface flow was big and a welcome sight and also it was closer than the past week’s surface flow. The ocean entry was nice as well. The steam plume was being blown away from us, so our view was amazing. The surface flow on the pali is still advancing slowly and the glow from Pu’u O’o and the Kahaualea flow could still be seen. Add the clear skies with the “fingernail” moon, the stars and beautiful weather and that was our night. Beautiful night, Aloha!

Guided Lava Hike-April 10, 2013

Aloha!  Another successful guided lava hike with great activity at the ocean entry. While our groups were there at the ocean entry, they witnessed multiple big breakouts. The winds were blowing in our favor as the fumes were being blown away from us and viewing the lava was awesome. Also there were some surface flows that were visible and safe to get up close to. Up on the Pali, the surface flow has made progress and has advanced down the hill. Besides this surface flow, we could see glow from the Kahaualea flow and from Pu’u O’o. Awesome night, A Hui Hou !

Guided Lava Hike-April 08, 2013

Good evening! Tonight’s Guided Lava Hike was a good one as we were able to safely view both the ocean entry and surface flow. The surface flow started sluggish, but eventually inflated enough that there was a big surface flow that was seen by our 5:00 pm tour. At the ocean entry we saw three entry points. The wind was blowing straight onshore, so the steam was being blown at an angle that we were able to see all three clearly as the steam would clear. When this happened we could see glimpses of the lava flowing into the ocean. Up on the Pali, we could see the surface flow that is coming down the hillside and the glow from the Kahaualea flow, which is approximately 3 mi away from Pu’u O’o. Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 07, 2013- Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Gang! Tonight we were able to see the ocean entry and some nice surface flow as well. The ocean entry was very active  and some chunks were seen  flying into the air. The ocean was very rough and wave after wave was seen crashing onto the molten rock. This didn’t seem to slow down the ocean entry at all. Also, tonight we were able to find some surface flow and it was awesome! We haven’t been able to find surface flows for a short while and this was a great find. We could still see the surface flow coming down the hillside and the glow from the Kahaualea flow, which is over the horizon of the Pulama Pali. Another awesome Guided Lava Hike, Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 06, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! There was a nice ocean entry that we were able to see last night, but surface flows are still scarce. As the wind blew the steam from the ocean entry we could see lava flowing into the ocean and chunks of lava would occasionally fly into the air. The surface flow on the Pali was still visible last night. This flow is slowly making it’s way down the hillside, so we will just have to wit and see what happens with this flow. Aloha!

April 05, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Gang! We still weren’t able to see any surface flow up close tonight, but we did see the ocean entry and it is still very active. There are two main spots where the lava is entering the ocean. There is a surface flow that is making it’s way down the Pali, but it is near the top still. This flow cannot be seen during the day, but is visible from our tour area and the Kalapana Lava Viewing area. This flow as well as the Kahauale’a flow may be the reason for the lack of surface flows near the ocean entry. Still it is a beautiful night, Aloha!

April 04, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! We had a really nice ocean entry tonight, but still no surface flows in the vicinity of the ocean entry. There was a bright glow near the base of the Pali, which is indicative of a surface breakout. We could clearly see the lava flowing into the ocean, but there was also a lot of steam. Up on the Pali, the surface flow is advancing downhill. We’ll just have to wait and see how this surface flow turns out. Also, we could still see the glow from the Kahaualea flow and Pu’u O’o. Goodnight and A Hui Hou!

April 02, 2013-Guided Lava Hike

The surface flows have stalled, but the ocean entry is still going. We haven’t seen any surface flows for a few days now, but this could all change as there could be a breakout from the side of the tube system, which would create another surface flow. Until then we are viewing the ocean entry. We are viewing the ocean entry from a safe vantage point as the wind is blowing in our favor by blowing the steam away from us. The steam consists of tiny glass particles and acid rain, which we don’t want any one to inhale. From our tour area we could see the glow coming from Pu’u O’o and from the Kahaualea flow. The Kahaualea flow is about 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o and has split into two branches. This surface flow may be taking pressure from the ocean entry and the flow field. Awesome night, Aloha!