Aloha! Still no surface flows, but the ocean entry is very active. There are a few different entry points in the area. The ocean entry that we view is still nice and a piece of the bench had collapsed last week, which must have been spectacular except for being dangerous. The bench is dangerous because it can collapse at any time. Once the weight of the bench is too much for itself to handle it will collapse without any warning. This makes being on the bench potentially fatal. Not only being on the bench is dangerous, but being near the bench area is also dangerous because of the bits of lava that are thrown back onto the shore.
Up on the Pali, the surface flow between the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision and the Keoni Kipuka could be seen again. This flow is slowly advancing, but doesn’t seem to be making huge advancements. The Kahaualea flow is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o and the glow can be seen from the Kalapana area. Until next post, Aloha and A Hui Hou!
The ocean entry was great, but there were no surface flows that we were able to get up close to. We were in the same area as last night and it was just as active if not more active than the previous night. Lots of new black sand is being created as well as new land, which means that Hawaii island is getting bigger each day the lava continues to flow. Up on the Pali, we could see the surface flow that was peeking over the Pulama Pali. This surface flow has advanced and may make it’s way down the hillside. Beautiful night, Aloha!
Aloha! We had an awesome tour. There weren’t any surface flows to get up close to, but the ocean entry was awesome. Multiple entry points were seen and as we were there we witnessed small fountains of lava. Lava was being shot up into the air. This was a spectacular sight. The lava bench could be seen and this was where most of the surface flow was at. Up on the Pali, there was a surface flow that could be seen from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. This flow is between the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision and the Keoni Kipuka. We had some good weather as well.Very good activity. Aloha!
Aloha! The ocean entry was very active, but we weren’t able to find any surface flow to get close to. The wind was blowing the fumes of the ocean entry away from us, so we were able to view lava entering the ocean. There are two ocean entry points and both are still very active. Up on the Pali, we could see the glow coming from Kahaualea flow. No surface flow, but still a very beautiful evening. Aloha
Aloha! We had some good weather last night and some lava activity as well. Our groups saw both the surface flow and the ocean entry from safe vantage points. We were able to do our tours because the winds weren’t blowing in our tour area. The ocean entry was very active and the ocean entry point we saw had a small river flowing into the Pacific ocean. The surface flows were good and we were able to get up close to them. Up n the Pali we could see the glow coming from the Kahaualea flow. Overall activity is good. Until next time, Aloha!
Aloha! Surface flows were hard to find tonight, but we were able to find some small surface flows. The ocean entry however was good as our groups were able to see lava flowing into the ocean. We didn’t cancel tonight because the winds weren’t blowing the fumes into our tour area. The winds were blowing straight onshore, which is enough to miss our tour area. Up on the Pali, there was a faint glow in the sky. This glow is coming from Pu’u O’o and also from the Kahaualea flow, which is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o. Another great night. Aloha!
Aloha everyone again! We have cancelled all of our tours due to the strong southerly winds. These winds have made lava viewing very dangerous because of the sulfuric acid in the ocean entries plume cloud. Breathing in these type of fumes will effect your breathing capabilities and also cause death. So the past couple days we have cancelled all of our tours. We are hoping that our tours will resume soon. Until next time Aloha!!!
Aloha! We were able to get a helicopter flight with David Okita, whom is one of the best pilots on the island and in the state. The first flow that we checked out was the Kahaualea flow. This flow has split into two branches and both are active. At Pu’u O’o, lava could be seen in both of the collapse pits that we saw. After viewing these two areas, we then headed to the ocean entry. While at the ocean entry, we saw the three main entry points and noticed that the southwestern entry point was the most active. After viewing the ocean entry, we went along the coast to view some beautiful scenery, then we made our way home. A Big Mahalo to Dave Okita for the awesome flight. Aloha!