May 4, 2017

Spectacular sunrise… lava flowing down the Pali… and a large portion of the lava delta disappears! Trade winds have returned, sending the plumes at Pu’u ‘O’o and the ocean entry back in their normal southwest direction.

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April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 Lava Reaches Pali A particularly outrageous overflight revealed numerous picturesque flows, now cresting the Pali (cliffs), and heading down the steeper slope. The Pu'u 'O'o vent was particularly accessible today... the lake within most active. The 61G...

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April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 Easter Ducky Lava "Opihi Moemoe" kī hō'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key) by Hilo's own Ben Kaili Back in the air with Paradise master pilot, Pete Stachowicz. The 61G surface flow is still slowly moving toward the Pali... Pele is within a half mile of the steep...

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April 6, 2017

The 61G flow, fed from six miles of lava tubes from the Pu’u ‘O’o vent continues to pour lava into the ocean. The surface flow which began a month ago virtually on top of those tubes continues to advance downslope, and is now within a half mile of the Pali.

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March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 Rainy Day Lava Mahalo Jake Shimabukuro for the use of his song "Tritone" from the album NASHVILLE SESSIONS available on JS Records Rainy Day Ducky joined Movie-Going Ducky to help pilot Robert Mitchell guide us through the raindrops to the vent this...

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March 23, 2017

Cool Lava Lake "Poni Aloha" kī-hō'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) by Hilo's own Ben Kaili Periodic rain didn't deter our efforts to to access the Pu'u 'O'o Vent of Kilauea Volcano this morning... and the lava lake was extraordinary! Pele spattered wildly, stretched...

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March 17, 2017

"Celtic Tune" courtesy Jake Shimabukuro from the album "NASHVILLE SESSIONS" on JS Records. Mahalo, Jake! A fine sunrise greeted us on St Paddy's Day morning! The lake was particularly active today... Pele's hot liquid rock bubbling, churning, stretching and folding!...

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March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017 Lava Hiding The huge outbreaks of the past month on, and just above the Pali are now mostly gone.... 61G's lava tubes still feed the ocean entry six miles from the Pu'u 'O'o vent, but no skylights were observed. Even the numerous new surface flows on the...

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March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017 New Lava Outbreaks Hawaiian Kewalõ Slack Key by Hilo's own Ben Kaili Mahalo, Ben! A huge new outbreak just above the Pali to the south of the 61G flow is sending many lava streams downslope this morning... truly an amazing amount of activity. The Pu'u...

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February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 Plenty Pali Flows What's new at the 61G eruption of Kilauea? Well, flows on and just above the Pali appear to be robbing the firehose of some of its lava. The ocean entry still sports a tremendous amount of liquid rock pouring into the ocean... but...

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February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 Surface Flows What's new at the 61G lava flow of Kilauea? Well... we still have an active lava lake inside the Pu'u 'O'o vent. The vent is a clearing house for lava traveling six miles downslope and entering the ocean with a great volume of lava in a...

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February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 Firehose Lava! The firehose lava at the ocean entry was very visible today and gave us our best shots since it began last New Year's Eve. The main flow continues unabated, dumping between one and two million gallons of hot rock into the Pacific Ocean...

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February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017 Luka's Lava Kī hō'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) by Hilo's own Ben Kaili A magnificently clear day allowed us to access the Pu'u 'O'o vent this morning, capturing images of a very active lava lake. Skylights just east of the vent were accessible, but...

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January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 New Spillway Flow A new outbreak on the spillway just to the east of the Pu'u 'O'o vent occurred earlier this week and continued for our visit this morning. It is flowing on top of the 61G tube system and a bit to the south. Activity there is...

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January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017 Lava Lake Revealed A stunningly clear day allowed us to access the Pu'u 'O'o vent this morning, capturing images of a very active lava lake. Skylights just east of the vent were accessible, but we we're unable to see inside. This conduit feeds not...

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January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017 61G Lava Update Clouds, fog and vog kept us from the Pu'u 'O'o vent this morning. No surface lava was visible above the Pali on the 61G flow, but we were able to document the continuing overplating of the still active additional flow just to the...

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January 5, 2017

Extremely voggy conditions in East Hawaii this morning obscured our view throughout our flight. Nonetheless, we captured images of a very active lake within the Pu’u ‘O’o vent. This is the clearing house where lava first surfaces in the vent before exiting to, not only the ongoing 61G flow, but also the still active additional flow just to the northeast.

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December 29, 2016

In spite of the rainy weather, we managed to access the Pu’u ‘O’o vent this morning, capturing several atmospheric lava lake shots. We also shot lava flowing quickly by through a couple of skylights just east of the vent. This conduit feeds not only the ongoing 61G flow, but also the still active additional flow just to the northeast of 61G…

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December 15, 2016

61G flow continues sluggishly toward the east, and is making a slight turn to the south as well… and is now well over a mile from the vent. The main flow continues unabated, dumping tons of lava into the pacific ocean at Kamokuna just inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Pele sends her flows through the tube system from the vent some six miles to the new lava delta, which continues to make the Big Island bigger, minute by minute, day by day.

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December 8, 2016

Rainy weather upslope prevented us from accessing the vent today, but we were able to document the tip of the new eastern flow which has branched off from the main channel of the 61G flow near Pu’u ‘O’o. This mile long stretch of lava has numerous tongues and toes of lava breaking out periodically, but is, in general, rather sluggish.

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