Guided Lava Hike – March 06, 2013

Another awesome night! There was some awesome surface flows that we were able to get up close to safely. While at these surface flows we witnessed multiple breakouts that occurred. A lobe of lava would breakout and flow then harden. This lava would then inflate and a new breakout would occur. The ocean entries are still active, but it seems that a few of the entry points have stalled. We were still able to see a few of the ocean entry points however. Up on the pali, there was a surface flow visible just coming over the horizon of the pali. The weather was nice and the stars were out. We did get a little sprinkle of rain, which we call blessings. Also, a film crew from BBC came out with us to do a segment on lava. Very nice people.  Another beautiful night, Aloha!

March 05, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Tonight we were able to get up close to the surface flows safely. The ocean entry was visible and we were able to view it from a safe vantage point. We had nice weather, which made for a great night. The sunset was another beautiful one and the lava activity was great as well. Another beautiful night, Aloha!

March 04, 2013 Guided Lava

Aloha! We had an awesome tour tonight and were able to safely view the ocean entry and suface flow from a safe area. Once again, we got up close to the surface flows. The sunset was a beautiful one and made the lava even more spectacular. Multiple ocean entry points were visible and some were quite active. The furthest ocean entry that could be seen for many weeks had stalled, but while we were there we had noticed that there was a surface flow above the stalled ocean entry point. As we were about to leave this surface flow started to drip into the ocean and as the minutes passed it got stronger and stronger. There were no surface flows visible up on the Pali, but there was a bright glow coming from the base of the Pali. This is indicative of a surface breakout. There is still some good activity happening. Mahalo for viewing, Aloha!

 

 

March 03, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

What a beautiful evening!, Aloha Guys. There were surface flows and multiple ocean entries that were visible and we were able to safely view both. The surface flows were located right above the nearest ocean entry point. The ocean was a little rough as waves were crashing into the ocean entry points and sometimes small bits could be seen flying into the air with the splashes from the waves. Up on the Pali, the surface flow has for sure stalled and could not be seen.

The tilt meter, which is found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website is recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u. While Halema’uma’u is inflating, Pu’u O’o is gong through minor DI events. There are still surface flows to be found and the ocean entries are very active. The weather was also very nice. Another awesome night. Aloha!

March 02, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! We had a beautiful night with surface flows and ocean entries. We safely got up close to surface flows and were also able to view the ocean entry from a safe vantage point. The surface flows were not as active as a few night’s ago, but we saw a little finger breakout coming out from a small tumulus. After viewing these breakouts we made our way to the ocean entry. The ocean entries that were closest to us last night were still very active, but the closest ocean entry stalled while we were there. The next closest entry point was very active however. This finger broke out multiple times while we there. Up on the Pali, the surface flows that were visible the past few days had stalled. A very beautiful evening with clear starry skies. Until next post, Aloha!

March 01, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! We had an awesome time last night. We were able to safely view both the surface flow and the ocean entry. Once we got to the surface flow there was a nice breakout that occurred. This breakout started to flow out from a small tumulus off to the side of our group. After staying here for a while we made our way to the ocean entry, where we were met with an awesome view.

The new ocean entry that had started a few days ago got bigger and was very active. There were multiple breakouts that happened while we were viewing this awesome sight. Wave after wave crashed onto the rocks and flowing lava. The ocean water stalled the flows for just a second, but they would keep flowing as if nothing happened. Everyone just sat and watched without saying much, although some were taking photos. Just seeing this phenomenon seemed to have a calming effect on everyone. Up on the Pali the surface flow that was visible for the past few days could still be seen and looked to be still be active. To make things better, the weather was beautiful, which made the evening successful. Till next time, Aloha!

 

February 28, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Hope everyone is doing well. Our tours were able to see surface flow and ocean entry lava. We were able to get up close to the surface flow safely and able to view the ocean entry from a safe vantage point. There was a new ocean entry point that had started most likely the night of February 27. This new ocean entry is approximately 25 yards closer than the previously closest flow. This started from a surface flow that made it to the cliff edge. The ocean is pretty rough right now, so we were able to see the wave action against the Cliffside and the lava itself. Up on the Pali there was a surface flow visible. This surface flow seems to have broken out on the side of the lava tube system, which is coming down through the abandoned Royal Gardens Subdivision. The weather was great and everyone was happy. Till the next post, Aloha!

 

February 27,2013 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Lava flows entering the ocean has been very active because of the ongoing Inflation at the summit of Kilauea. Halemaumau crater has been experiencing these long term inflation pretty often. These steady inflations, but yet quit small, has been sending some incredible flows on the coastal plains. At Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake on the northeastern part of the crater has been rising and falling with each DI event. The activity there has been increasing with these steady Inflation events. Lava flows north of the crater about 1 1/2 miles has still been really active and still flowing north along side the 2007-2008 flow field. The glow from these flows high over the Pali could be seen from the coastal plains.Also flows just above the Royal Gardens Subdivision has been active still. These flows are approximately 4 miles away from the ocean and is just about at the 1600ft elevation level.

As for our Guided Lava Tours, the ocean entry had put out a show for our guests. At the ocean entry, they’re were multiple entries which our guests could view safely and close. Little rivers with some Lava explosions were witnessed by our tour groups.  There were also some surface activity which our groups could get up to and roast a marshmallow. The surface activity were easy to view and safely approachable. The guided Lava Tour adventure is the most popular activity there is on the island. Come with us on our next hike. ALOHA! www.kalapanaculturaltours.com is our website.

 

 

February 25, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! Our tours went really well with all of our guests being able to see both the surface flows and the ocean entry. The ocean entry that is the furthest east is creating a small bench. Once this bench get too heavy to handle it’s own weight it will collapse. You wouldn’t want to be on the bench at all because of this reason. There were the same amount of ocean entry points and the viewing was from a safe vantage point. There were multiple surface flows that were visible as well as one near the base of the Pali. The weather was also beautiful and we got to see another night rainbow. Awesome night! See you later. Aloha!

February 24, 2013 Guided Lava Hikes/Tours

Aloha Gang! Our groups had an amazing night with surface flows and ocean entries to see. Both of these were very active. There were multiple ocean entry points along a 1/4 mi stretch of coastline and all could easily be seen. The surface flows were very active as well. There were a few different spots that we were able to safely get close to surface flows at. The weather was also very nice with clear skies and a full moon as well. The full moon lit everything up and the landscape did indeed look very lunar. The surface of the lava takes on a kind of silvery, moist sheen when the full moon lights it up. Up on the Pali, there was no visible surface flow, but at the base of the Pali there was what seemed to be a river of lava that had broken out on the side of the lava tube system. All in all, a beautiful night and we even got to see a night rainbow!. Till next time, Aloha and A Hui Hou!