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, 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!













August 07,2013 Guided Lava Adventure Update

Aloha folks! Steady inflation at Halema’uma’u crater and at Pu’u O’o crater has made activity very high. This is the Fourth day straight of steady inflation. Lava in Halema’uma’u crater had rose to the inner ledge and stabilized just below the inner ledge. This is the highest it ever been since March. Pu’u O’o crater became very active last night. Glow could be seen from the ocean entry, which is approximately 9 miles away. Glow had lit up the sky all night last night. We will be anticipating some incredible flows today.

As for our tours, There was surface activity and also ocean entry activity which was above normal. The surface flows were incredible and amazing. Our guests were treated to some rivers of Lava just feet away. Huge breakouts of surface flows were presented to our groups. We all seen a fast flowing river of molten lava swiftly moving on the coastal plains and flowing over the cliffs edge into the ocean. The ocean entry was also higher then normal. Lava continued to enter the ocean in 2 different area’s. Both area’s were viewable. Join the tour now while the Lava activity high. Mahalo!

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August 06,2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha everyone! Our guided Lava Tour was a success once again. The Lava activity have remained at a high level at this time. Our guests were able to get up to some awesome surface activity and also view the ocean entry safely. The tour at this time has gotten longer due to the surface flows at this time. The new breakouts are approximately around 3 and 1/2 miles out on the coastal plains and the ocean entry is also approximately 1 mile away from the surface flows. This roundtrip tour has become a journey of about 7 miles round trip. We at Kalapana Cultural Tours have made a decision to give our guests the most exclusive tour by taking our guests to both ocean entry and surface flows in the same tour. Because it is a hike at this time we urge our guests to be fit and prepared to do the hike. For guests who won’t be able to do the 7 an 1/2 mile round trip to just do the ocean entry hike which is just under 5 miles. We would gladly make the trip memorable. And also to ADD the ocean entry is the most rarest natural phenomenon that ever happens in the world and also this ocean entry is the only ocean entry in the world Too. So it is the most special thing to do in HAWAII.

The surface activity was incredible last night. Huge breakouts of active Lava has made the tour impressive and breath taking. The afternoon sunset with beautiful surface flows made the experience and adventure memorable. Continuing on to the ocean entry, Lava continued to enter the ocean in 3 entry points and all three were amazing. Rivers of Lava entering the ocean continued to amaze our guests. Steady Inflation at the summit has made Lava viewing a must do at this time. Book a Tour now while the Lava is flowing. Aloha!

August 05, 2013 Guided Lava Adventure

Aloha! The lava activity has picked up and this can be attributed to the ongoing inflation of the past few days. Our groups were able to safely approach surface flows, which were a bit further than they have been recently. Multiple surface breakouts occurred in the time we were there. To see these flows adds on another 1 1/2 mi to the total roundtrip hike. At the ocean entry, the lava activity has also picked up and a portion of the bench had fallen in earlier in the day and was witnessed by our morning tour that had gone out at 8:00 am. By the evening a new piece of the bench had already been added to the existing Delta. The ocean entry was visible from a safe distance and was awesome to see. Now is a good time to join our tour and experience this for yourself, Aloha!

August 4,2013 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha gang! Lava activity continued to be a high level at this time. There were some surface activity but the hike to it remains pretty long at this time. To view the surface flow that would contain only very good experienced hikers. The ocean entry continued to be pretty active also. There were two entry points last night. The most eastern entry point was the strongest and the most closest one to the viewing area. The hiking distance to the ocean entry remains just under 5 miles and the hiking distance to the surface flows are around 7 1/2 miles round trip. We are anticipating that the surface flows will move closer to the ocean entry soon. Well hope to see you on our tour soon. Aloha!


August 03, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha everyone! Lava activity has been at a high right now due to massive inflation at Halema’uma’u crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and also at Pu’u O’o crater. This activity has made lava viewing pretty spectacular at the ocean entry. Lava continued to enter the ocean east of the National Park boundary about 1/2 a mile. The ocean entry was amazing once again. There were 3 visible entry points that our guests easily could view. The most eastern entry point was the most active one of all three. Lava flows continued to put on a show for our guests. There were no surface flows near the ocean but there were active surface flows on the coastal plains. Those flows were almost 2 1/2 miles more than our normal tour. These hikes to those flows is a 71/2 mile round trip hike oppose to our 5 mile hike. These hikes would take a little longer and harder for our guests. Surface flows will spur up near the ocene entry soon due to steady inflation at Kilauea. Stay tune for more updates here at and also on Facebook at Kalapana-Cultural Tours and Kalapana(Guided)Lava Hike. Come and join us soon while the lava is flowing. Aloha!!!!

August 02, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Tonight was an awesome night and the sunset was beautiful. The ocean entry was very active, but the surface flows have stalled, however there is an inflation going on at the summit and Pu’u O’o. For more information on DI events you can check out the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. This inflation may cause a surface flow to break out where we have been seeing them lately. Another awesome night with very happy guests, Aloha!