Kilauea Lava Flow

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New Kilauea Lava Flow Ravages Kalapana

Late July 2010 has brought a re-invigorated lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Pu'u O'o vent has brought shifting lava flows over the years - many have been inocuous ocean entry lava flows that culminate in orange oozing lava being doused by the Pacific Ocean along the rocky coast.  But recently, the lava flow … [Read more...]

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flows near Kalapana

Excerpts and Map from USGS Site: A fresh lava flow from the Pu’u ‘O’o eruption has advanced about a mile since early April 2010, and geologists believe if it continues on its current path, it will rejoin the older flow field on the coastal plain just west of the current viewing area near Kalapana (east of the Volanoes National Park). There … [Read more...]

Busy Big Island Day with Kids (Part 1 - Volcano)

  We just arrived back on the Big Island for another exciting trip.  This time we have several young kids (age 3 and 4) in our group and we are excited to show them all of the wonderful things the Big Island has to offer.  My last several trips were with either friends or family (without the kids), so this trip will obviously be … [Read more...]

Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches the Ocean

From the Honolulu Advertiser (11-6-2009).  Images Courtesy Hawaii Volcano Ovservatory (USGS). VOLCANO, Big Island >> Erupting Kilauea volcano is sending dozens of small lava flows to the ocean. Jim Kauahikaua is the scientist-in-charge at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island. He said a flow … [Read more...]

Big Island Vog Conditions Improving?

In 2008, the Halemaumau Crater at the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting in spectacular form.  Unfortunately a by-product of this natural phenomenon is the release of high quantities of Volcanic Fog (also known as Vog) into the air.  Vog is a hazardous mix containing sulfur dioxide gas which is harmful, especially … [Read more...]

Kilauea Volcano Update

Kilauea activity update - from the US Geological Survey, Big IslandSurface flows in the Royal Gardens subdivision slowed early this past week in response to a deflation-inflation event at Kilauea's summit, but had picked up again by Wednesday evening. At the coast, the Waikupanaha and Kupapau ocean entries remain active and continue to produce … [Read more...]

Question: Where Can I View the Lava Flow?

One of our users emailed us the following question:Can you tell me if it's currently (and has been recently) possible to hike to the lava flow & see it relatively close up? Or is the only way to see it via helicopter?Thanks, Dan-----------------------------Answer:Dan, Because the volcano lava flow is so unpredictable, the best thing to do is … [Read more...]

Vog affects Big Island Crops, Visitors

Excerpt from the Honolulu Star Bulletin:Big Island crops are shriveling as sulfur dioxide from Kilauea wafts over them and envelops them in "vog," or volcanic smog. People are wheezing and schoolchildren are being kept indoors during recess. High gas levels led Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to close several days this month, forcing the evacuation … [Read more...]

Kilauea Explosion - Portions of Park Closed

There was an explosion at the Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on 3/19/2008. Rocks shot from the Wednesday's explosion damaged a wooden fence that visitors used to peer into the crater and created hazards across nearby roads and paths. Areas in the park that are shut because of explosive debris or high sulfur … [Read more...]