Tropical Visions Video, Inc.

Documenting Kilauea volcano for over 30 years.
High Definition video production services and stock footage available.
Mick Kalber, Tropical Visions Video, Inc.

Started in 1984, Tropical Visions Video, Inc. is a video production company on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are a full High Definition field production company. While volcano is our specialty, we also work in a variety of other realms. We produce in-house corporate videos, television segments, and documentaries.

Major clients use Tropical Visions for field production, stock footage and Final Cut Pro editing. Tropical Visions has numerous local, national and international clients. We have a strong background in magazine-style feature stories. Major productions include news, documentary, feature stories and reality television for national and international clients. Local productions include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitor center.

Tropical Visions offers High Definition field production. Specialized equipment includes a new stabilized Canon lens (J13ax 9b4 KRS-V SX 12) perfect for aerial videography with or without a helicopter mount. Videographer Mick Kalber has logged well over 500 hours as an aerial video specialist.

Stock Footage Library
We have more quality volcano video than anyone on the planet! High fountaining eruption, lava ocean entry flows, littoral explosions, pahoehoe and AA flows captured on the ground and from the air. Our Beta SP and High Definition stock footage has been used in productions all over the world. Rate sheet reflects broadcast and non-broadcast use right and pricing. Use rights are licensed for television broadcasts, corporate, museum and stage presentations. Online Stock footage screeners are available online.

While working at KMGH and KCNC in Denver, Mick Kalber was given an Iris award, two Emmys, and the NPPA’s “Press Photographer of the Year.” His work on “VolcanoScapes,” a series of programs documenting the on-going eruption of the world’s most active volcano, has earned him dozens of national and international honors.

May 19, 2016 Bleeding Tumuli

May 19, 2016 Bleeding Tumuli A beautiful morning greeted us at the Pu’u ‘O’o flow field this morning. We documented a number of outstanding lava flows and spatter cones, but almost no lava in the northern forest. Several spatter cones have grown... read more

May 12, 2016 No Lava in the Forest

May 12, 2016 No Forest Flow Impending rain limited our flight this morning. But we still managed to record several picturesque lava flows, but almost none in the northern forest. Numerous small outbreaks throughout the flow field again demonstrated what the USGS... read more

May 5 (Boy’s Day), 2016 Lava Hiding

May 5 (Boy’s Day), 2016 Lava Hiding Our overflight revealed overcast skies, and diminished surface lava this morning. But a high volume of lava rushing through the tubes visible though skylights or breaks in the tube surface indicates the eruption is still... read more

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The latest in the “VolcanoScapes” documentary series, “Dancing with the Goddess” takes us into a new world of respect, wisdom and awe for one of the most amazing creations anywhere… the birth of the earth! Hawaiian volcanoes fascinate us… halaus chant and dance in honor of Pele, the Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes; many others “dance” with the Goddess in a variety of other ways. Photographers, tour guides, artists, scientists, poets and musicians are all influenced by Pele’s magnificent manifestations… and all these interactions can be considered hula.

“Hula is the dance of life and life cycles.”
Hawaiian Cultural Adviser Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani

Emmy Award-Winner, Mick Kalber has been documenting the current eruption of Kilauea Volcano since it roared to life in the mid-80s. This two-hour epic will take you behind the scenes of thirty years of Kalber’s amazing volcanography; high fountaining eruptions, the devastation of Kalapana, the ash eruption deep inside Halemaumau crater, littoral explosions, lava flows, tubes, a variety of spectacular ocean entries and much, much more! It’s the untold beauty of the world’s most active volcano… told through the eyes and voices of those who are most intimate with the Goddess, Pele.

Make scientific discoveries with US Geological Survey scientist, Mike Poland close up to the “off-limits” ash eruption of Halemaumau and listen to “Pele’s Song” with infrasound scientist Milton Garces. Explore the poetry of renowned storyteller, Kim Dark. Watch the amazing recreation of Pele’s flows by glass artist, Daniel Moe. Collect volcanic images with world famous photographer, G Brad Lewis. Ride the ocean waves to tour the early morning ocean entry with boat captain Shane Turpin, dive below to witness underwater pillow lava captured by videographer/diver, Mike May, and soar above huge, blistering lava flows with helicopter pilot, Cal Dorn. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!