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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November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016 New Lava Flow Mahalo Jake Shimabukuro for the use of his song "Kilauea" from his new album "Nashville Sessions" now available on JS Records! A new lava flow, which started Monday of this week continues flowing east from just below the Pu`u `O`o vent....

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November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 Wild Ocean Lava Music by the inimitable Jake Shimabukuro. Today's selection... "F Minor" from Jake's new album "NASHVILLE SESSIONS" on JS Records Rainy weather upslope prevented us from accessing the vent today, but the activity at the ocean entry...

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November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016 Voggy Lava Flow Slack Key Guitar "Benny's Tune" by Hilo's own Ben Kaili... mahalo, Benny! Although Kona winds sent dense vog to east hawaii this morning, it was another stunningly beautiful morning to the southeast, as we accessed all portions of the...

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November 3, 2016

November 3, 2016 Sunrise Lava Mahalo Jake Shimabukuro for his song "Ballad" from his new album "Nashville Sessions" available on JS Records. Strong winds blew Pele's plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent flat over the lavascape southward on a gorgeous November morning. The...

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October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 Rainy Day Flow Mahalo to Jake Shimabukuro for the use of his song "Tritone" from the album "Nashville Sessions" on JS Records... you da man, Jake! Rain prevented us from visiting anywhere on the 61G lava flow except the ocean entry. Fortunately, it...

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October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 61G Flows On (Lovely slack key guitar music by Hilo's own Ben Kaili... mahalo, Ben!) Pele's plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent and the ocean entry this morning floated southward, as the 61G lava flowed on. The vent's lava lake was mostly visible, as the...

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October 6, 2015

October 5, 2015 Big Lava Plume Pele's plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent stretched southeast over the Pali this morning as the 61G flow continues unabated. The vent's lava lake was visible, but largely obscured this morning. About a mile and a half down the path to the...

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September 22, 2016

New Lava Skylight The Volcano Goddess Pele continues to battle her sister Na Maka, the Goddess of the Sea, flowing most strongly to the east, but steadily to the west as well. All ocean entries are within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at numerous points in the...

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