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...]

Visitors Up Close with Kilauea Lava Flow

The saga of the Kilauea Volcano lava flow continues. Last year, the lava flow changed direction, flowing further east and through more remote areas - unfortunately preventing the general public from viewing the geological phenomenon. Since then, the lava flow threatened the edge of a few austere housing communities, but for the most part remained … [Read more...]

Lava Flow Moves Towards Subdivision

Below are news excerpts from Big Island lava flow updates.Summary: Kilauea's lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii changed direction in the fall of 2007, shifting towards the south east of its previous track. Instead of the southerly flow from the Pu'u O'o vent with some surface flows and a dominant ocean entry, the lava flow shifted east of Pu'u … [Read more...]

Big Island Lava Flow Threatens Homes

Excerpt from Honolulu Advertiser newspaper:Lava flows advance, Hot rock moves amid forestFar from the public eye, lava from Kilauea Volcano continued its creep toward civilization yesterday.The eruption that began July 21 is supplying lava to a channel now almost a mile long on the northeast flank of the volcano, scientists with the U.S. Geological … [Read more...]

Kilauea Lava Flow Update (Aug 2007)

Excerpt from CBS News:Kilauea National Park, Hawaii - Lava poured down the side of Mount Kilaueaon on the "Big Island" of Hawaii on Tuesday as a new phase began in the 24-year eruption of the Kilauea volcano.The nearby Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve has now closed to the public. Lava erupted from a fissure system about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile in … [Read more...]

Volcano Hike - Halini Pali Trail

It was several years ago that we hiked the Halini Pali Trail in the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. This trail has two separate paths, one is about 3.5 miles each way down the slope and the other is 7.5 miles each way down to the ocean. Having done the short trail before, we chose to do the long trail this time. This was several years … [Read more...]

Hike to the Active Lava Flow

We decided to hike once again to watch the active lava flow of Kilauea volcano at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We have done this many times now, but wanted to do it once more - plus, we have some new camera equipment that we wanted to try out. As usual, we stopped in to the visitor's center to ask them about the lava conditions and how long … [Read more...]