March 18, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Our tour was a great one as we saw some good surface flows and we saw a good ocean entry. When we got to the tour area, there was a nice surface flow in the same general area as the night before. While we were there we saw multiple breakouts. After hanging here for a while we then went to the ocean entry. We caught glimpses of lava entering the ocean and every once in a while we saw lava flying into air. As we were viewing this certain area a crack was seen forming along the lava bench, and all of a sudden the bench collapsed. This caused a violent reaction as lava was being shot into the air in small explosions. What a sight! Another beautiful night, Aloha.

P.S. some of the pics are blurry because the photographer got excited.

March 17, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

We had an awesome tour last night! Aloha, The ocean entry was a little sluggish, but was still flowing. There are a couple of entry points, unlike the amount of entry points that we had the past few months and earlier in the month. At first, the surface flow was sluggish as well, but as we were on our way to check on the status of the surface flow, there was a big surface that broke out. When we got there it was awesome! This surface flow was a really nice one and was flowing really well.

Up on the Pali, there was no surface flow that we were able to see, but at the base of the Pali there was a glow, which would indicate a surface flow. The Kahaualea flow is still advancing and is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o. This may be the reason for the minor deflation that we are experiencing. The weather was cloudy, but we were able to stay dry. Awesome night, Aloha!

March 16, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Tonight’s tours were awesome! Aloha Folks, we saw some really nice surface flows tonight and of course we also saw the ocean entry. The surface flows were safe to approach and we viewed the ocean entry from a safe point as well. Despite being overcast all day today and raining in some areas, the weather held up tonight and everyone stayed dry. There was a lot of wind however, which was blowing from the Northeast. We call this type of wind “Mountain Winds” because the wind is blowing down from the mountains, which makes the temperature cooler. At the base of the Pali there seemed to be a glow, which would indicate a surface breakout. Up on the Pali, the surface flows that were visible a few days ago were not seen. All in all, a great evening. Aloha!

P.S. Unfortunately no one took out the camera, so we don’t have any pics from tonight.

March 15, 2013 Guided lava Hike

Stay dry out there. Aloha! Tonight’s tours are canceled due to the flash flood watch and the wind blowing the steam plume from the ocean entry into the tour area. These are very hazardous fumes and NOT good to inhale because of the small glass particles and acid raindrops in the steam. Hopefully the weather will clear up tomorrow. Until tomorrow, we hope everyone has a safe evening, Aloha!

Guided Lava Hike – March 14, 2013

Aloha! The lava activity is still good as we saw a nice surface flow and the ocean entry. We were able to view both safely. The overall lava activity is good as there are multiple flows coming from Pu’u O’o. One of these flows is feeding the coastal plain flows as well as the ocean entry. Another flow is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o and has split into 2 branches. One is heading towards the northeast and the other is right around Pu’u Kahaualea. This branching flow is known as the Kahaualea flow.

The surface flow that we got close to had actually broken out a few times and was flowing from a tumulus. As we were on our way to check out the ocean entry, there was another breakout, which caused us to stay a little longer. At the surface flow we were able to view lava that had traveled very far flow into the Pacific Ocean. What an awesome evening. We even saw whales swim by about .25 mi out to sea. Aloha!

 

Guided Lava Hike – March 13, 2013

Aloha! Tonight the surface flows were visible and safe to get up close to and the ocean entry was visible as well. The surface flow is a little sluggish, but it was still flowing and safe to get close to. There aren’t as many ocean entry points, but the ones that are flowing are still active. The different surface flows could very well be the reason for the small deflation that we are experiencing. The Kahaualea flow has split into two branches. The northeastern branch is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o, while the southeastern branch is around Pu’u Kahaualea. Another surface flow is visible from the Kalapana Viewing Area and is just peeking over the Pali east of the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. There is still lava to be seen. Until next time, Aloha!

P.S. We didn’t get any night shots, so here are some shots from a private tour.

 

 

March 12, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Tonight’s tour was good as we were able to safely view both the ocean entry and surface flow. The wind was blowing better today as it switched back to our normal trade winds. The trade winds blow the fumes away from us and clears our tour area. The past few days we had south winds which were blowing the fumes in and around the area where our tours take place. The ocean entry is still active and adding land to the Big Island, while the surface flows were just as good. We were able to get up close to this surface flow and witness the formation of new land.

Up on the Pali, we were able to see some surface flows just making their way over the crest of the hill. All in all it was a good night as the weather was also good. Goodnight and A Hui Hou!

Guideed Lava Hike – March 11, 2013

Aloha Gang! We had a good tour last night as the wind switched enough for us to conduct our tours. The past two night’s tours were canceled due to the steam plume of the ocean entry being blown into the area where we do the tour. This steam consists of fine glass particles and acid rain. The tours on March 3 had to turn around because of the fumes from the steam plume.

The wind was blowing the steam cloud onto the ocean entry, but we could see the lava hitting the ocean as the wind would sometimes blow the steam enough for a clear view. after viewing this ocean entry we made our way to the surface flow. This surface flow was safe to get close to, which we did. Everyone was happy with being able to see both the surface flow and the ocean entry, although sometimes we are not able to see one or the other. On our way back home, the rain visited us and everyone had a jump start on a shower. Another good night, Aloha!

 

 

March 08 & 09, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Gang! Last night’s tours went well as all of our groups were able to safely get up close to the surface flows and view the ocean entry from a safe vantage point. The wind was blowing straight onshore last night, so our groups were able to view the lava without inhaling any of the hazardous plume created when lava hits the ocean. This steam plume contains acid rain droplets and fine lava particles. Not something that we want our guests or guides inhaling.

Tonight’s tours were cancelled because of the wind direction. The wind was blowing all of the steam over and into the area where our tours take place. For safety reasons we had to cancel all of tonight’s tours. This is very unfortunate for those whose last night was tonight, but necessary as safety is a priority for us. Tours may also be cancelled tomorrow depending on the wind and if the steam plume is affecting our tour area. Hope everyone has beautiful evening, Aloha!

March 07, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

More great activity! Aloha. Our night was a great one being that we were able to safely view both the ocean entry and the surface flows. The ocean entry was very active as we saw lava pouring into the sea. Sometimes we would see chunks of lava flying in the air as the violent reaction of 1800 – 2000 degree lava hitting the pacific ocean took place before our eyes. Tutu Pele continues to visit the Kalapana area and also continues to create new land. About three hundred yards higher up we were able to safely get up close to surface flows. While at this surface flow, we witnessed multiple breakouts. The sight of new land flowing and being created was too much for some of our guests as they just sat or stood and stared in wonder. At the top of the Pali, there was a surface flow that is starting to peek over the horizon. Awesome evening, Aloha!