Friday, October 5, 2012

Lava Flows in Kalapana on Hawaii Big Island

Lava Reaches Coastal Plain on Hawaii Island


Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and see the lava several different ways:
(Lava pictures - courtesy Kalapana Cultural Tours)

The Kalapana Lava Viewing Area is only 10 minutes from our Bed & Breakfast at the end of Hwy. 130. From here you can see lava flowing down the mountain towards the ocean from a distance. This area is easily accessible.

Lava Hiking Tours: Guided tours out to the lava are available almost daily through Kalapana Cultural Tours from Kalapana (10 minutes from us). The hike will take you directly to the lava flow. Guest feedback for these walks is excellent. You have to be in physically good condition to do the hike. Flashlights and water will be provided.

Lava Boat Tours by Lava Ocean Adventures leave from the Pohoiki boat ramp, which is a 10 minute drive from our B&B. When the lava flows into the ocean it is an unbelievable experience to see how the elements meet. Captain Shane and his crew are an experienced team and offer visitors an unforgettable trip.

Helicopter Tours from the Hilo Airport offer an aerial view of the Pu'u O'o crater, eruption areas, lava flows and ocean entry, when lava flows into the water. Flights are only available during the day, no night flights for safety reasons. Helicopter Tour operators include: Blue Hawaiian, Paradise & Safari Helicopters.

Please, see the following lava up-date and video from Big Island Video News:
October 5, 2012
Photos courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, video courtesy Bo Lozoff | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

KALAPANA, Hawaii: Lava has once again reached the base of the Pulama Pali near Kalapana.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says advancing surface flows have reached the base of the pali over the past few days, burning through one of the few remaining forested kipuka in the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision.

The latest update from the HVO website’s Kilauea eruption update (Oct. 5):

More lava lobes reached the base of the pali yesterday within the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision and pooled on the coastal plain without advancing significant seaward. Yesterday, HVO and UHH geologists found that the flows had not advanced more than 150 m (490 ft) from the base of the pali. The pali flows have been easily visible from the County Viewing Area located to the east in Kalapana and mobile cam 3 while the flows on the coastal plain are in view of mobile cams 2 and 4.
USGS photo showing the outline of the flow down the pali HVO released this photo (right), where a white line marks the outline of the active flows.

Another photo shows a closer view of lava flows cascading down onto the coastal plain at the base of the pali. A remnant section of Orchid Street is visible just above the center of the image. Meanwhile, intrepid lava lover Bo Lozoff, who often guides lava field hikes when things heat up on the coastal plain, captured this video of the kipuku burning in Royal Gardens.

He also captured these images the immense lava flow. You can follow Lozoff’s volcano updates on his YouTube channel, “lavaloverbo” where he uploads video like this following his hiking adventures.

According to the USGS, this map above shows the currently active Peace Day flow (episode 61) “as the two shades of red—light red is the extent of the flow from September 21, 2011, to September 25, 2012, and bright red marks the mapped flow expansion from September 25 to October 4. There have been flow margin changes upslope, in the upper part of Royal Gardens, that are not yet mapped and not shown on this map. The active lava tube is delineated by the yellow line within the active flow field. An incipient tube extends downslope to feed the currently active flows, but it has not been mapped. The contour interval on Puʻu ʻŌʻō is 5 m.”