August 23, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We saw some good surface activity last night, but the ocean entry has stopped. The ocean entry stalled late during the day on the 22nd of August. Our groups were able to witness multiple breakouts and safely get up close to them. There were a few scattered breakouts along the coastal plains that were active throughout the night. Being able to safely witness this act of nature is such a humbling experience and one that we can share with you, so Hele Mai, come join us on an adventure of a lifetime, Aloha!

August 21, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We had some great activity and were able to see multiple surface breakouts. There were some large surface breakouts that were awesome to see. There was a minor inflation that could be the cause for the increase in surface activity. The ocean entry was very sluggish and not visible from shore. There is a possibility that the ocean entry could stall out, but it could also pick up in activity. The tube system between the surface flows and ocean entry may clog or even collapse due to the drop in lava entering this portion of the lava tube. Still, we had some great activity at the surface flows, which we were able to safely get up close to. Hele Mai, come join us for an experience you will never forget, Aloha!

 

August 20, 2013 Guided Lava Tour and Lava Boat Tour

Aloha everyone! Our guided lava tour was amazing once again. The surface flows continued to flow easterly moving approximately 200ft per day on the DI inflation events and a lot less on the DI deflation events. Surface flows continued to create little Lava rivers and oozed out of cracks. The flow field stretched across the existing Lava tube and just about 1/2 mile wide. At the base of the Royal Gardens Pali, Lava flows were vigorous and strong. Huge rivers of lava continued to feed the tube system. Hiking distance is approximately around 6 miles round trip at this time on the high side. All of our guests were extremely happy. Come and join us while the Lava is Hot. Aloha!

Our 4pm boat tour was awesome. The ocean entry was slow but not disappointing. our guests were happy for what they have seen. Lava activity is slowing down at the ocean entry but will pick up in the next couple days. Two distinct rivers were able to be seen. The ocean conditions were perfect for viewing. Variable winds and calm sea’s made ocean goers relaxed and very happy at the end of the trip. Stay tune for more updates. Also you can call our office for immediate updates at (808)936-0456. Mahalo!

August 20, 2013 Morning Lava Boat Tour

Aloha! Our Lava Boat Tour was awesome this morning as we saw three main entry points flowing down into the ocean. The activity was slightly slower, but we could see the lava really well because of the lack of steam. A few breakouts were happening on the lava bench and were making their way down to the ocean. On the way back to the harbor we were treated to dolphins swimming alongside our boat. The ocean was calm and the weather was nice as well. What an awesome morning!

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!