LAVA BOAT TOUR UPDATE
5/26/2018 Lava flows have reached the ocean and our lava boat tours are now scheduled daily at 4am, 8am and 4pm respectively. Call us with any questions or to create your reservation departing from Hilo's Suisan Fish Market Boat Dock at 93 Lihiwai Street Hilo, Hawaii.
Aloha. With all the devastation, heartbreak and loss the current lava flow is causing here on the Big Island...the powerful earth's core still is the most amazing thing you could ever witness in person. We see it everywhere on video and the media every day over and again, but it will NEVER compare to putting your digital device down and witnessing the amazing path of Tutu Pele in person. Although we have opened up our booking schedule, we ask that you please continue to respect incident personnel working hard and the residents who have been displaced and have lost their livelyhood due to the Kilauea Volcanoes destructive path. Mahalo.
Ocean conditions will vary on our tour. As a safety precaution, all guests must be in good health with no back or hip injuries of any kind and pregnancy. Our US Coast Guard rated 49 passenger catamaran the "HOTSPOT"...which offers an easy same-level step on board is located Hilo's Suisan Fish Market directly to the left of the market hoist.
4AM SUNRISE LAVA BOAT TOUR
330am Meeting Time, 345am Briefing, 4am Departure
8AM MORNING LAVA BOAT TOUR
730am Meeting Time, 745am Briefing, 8am Departure
4PM SUNSET LAVA BOAT TOUR
330pm Meeting Time, 345pm Briefing, 4pm Departure
8PM TWILIGHT LAVA BOAT TOUR
730pm Meeting Time, 745pm Briefing, 8pm Departure
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808-990-0025 Hawaii Standard Time
CURRENT ERUPTION DAILY UPDATES
5/24/2018 Aloha. Today, after three weeks of eruption activity, our early morning 4am lava boat tour got to check out a THIRD lava flow that is now entering the ocean. With no signs of slowing down, the current flowpath has broken off and branched into a third location between Mackenzie State Park and Pohoiki Bay in an area called Malama Flats. Eruption continues in Leilani Estates & Lanipuna Gardens. Fissure #7 reactuvated with lava moving into Leilani Estates covering Kaupilu Street and Mohala Street between Leilani Avenue and the fissure line.
5/13/2018 Aloha. Today, fissures 18 and 19 emerged in line with the previous sections of fissure outbreaks and after a fairly slow and relatively active but subdued Saturday of activity, the re-emergence of furious activity took place Sunday and on thru a beautiful-yet-violent and sad eruption on thru Sunday night. These fissures reached heights of 300ft plus and have traveled over a mile toward the ocean. This is located over private farm property and is threatening to cover much more due to how much lava it has been producing. There are still very high alerts warning of Sulfur Dioxide and other poisonous gasses in the area. The flow is running semi-paralell with Highway 132 and directly in line with Highway 137. Please keep informed with furthur updates.
5/12/2018 Aloha. Today, fissure #16 opened at about 0645am. It produced a lava flow that traveled about 250 yards before stalling mid-afternoon. Fissure 16 opened in a field area where no structures were threatened. At 6:00pm, fissure #17 opened up. This new outbreak is activeley spattering and degassing but no flow was reported yet. Fissure 17 is located about 1/2 mile northeast of Hinalo Road, close to fissure 16. Earthquake activity has continued thruought the afternoon and night. Emergency officials are still warning of the possibility of a steam explosion out of Halema'uma'u Crater. There is also a reccomendation for evacuation readiness for the entire lower Puna area. Residents are also advised to be prepared for wind shift and the exposure to high concentrations of Sulfur Dioxide and other gas emissions from the active volcanic vents. Stay informed for daily updates and new lava flow developments.
5/11/2018 Aloha. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now closed indefinitely, due to the possibility of a steam-driven explosive eruption as depicted below from Halema'uma'u Crater. Volcanologists predict that if lava lake levels continue to drop, (eventulally below the water table level) this will cause a massive steam explosion. This would result in a plume of steam, ash and possibly debris hurled into the air affecting the immediate and possibly miles of surrounding districts. Please keep updated on Hawaii Volcano National Park changes. Also, once again there are still high concentrations of poisonous Sulfur Dioxide in the Puna District (Opihikao, Nanawale, Kapoho, Leilani and Black Sands) emitting from the recent lava flows. Pahoa is still safe and west-northwest of the impact zone but heed emergency warnings as they are changing daily. Mahalo
5/10/2018 Aloha. The past week has been an unbelievable time for Big Island residents, particularly those who live in the Leilani Subdivision in the district of Puna. To give you a brief history, over the past month Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii's youngest and only active volcano) showed high levels of inflation, or rise in lava levels at the summit. Two of its main craters, Halema'uma'u and Pu'u O'o both experienced record high inflations where the lava lakes inside rose and overflowed. This increase was coupled with seismic activity, logging hundreds of micro-earthquakes in the district. Over time, the earthquakes grew larger and eventually spread out over the East Rift Zone, which includes the Puna District. Then suddenly there was a collapse in both craters and an immediate dropout of the lava in both dissapeared without warning. As you can imagine, the massive amounts of lava would now pressurize the East Rift Zone. The earthquakes continued and cracks in the roads and neighborhood of Leilani Estates were recognized. Then suddenly, what many feared happened. Steam emerged from the earth in the subdivision and the first fissure opened up, spurting out a lava eruption and emitting dangerous Sulfur Dioxide gasses. Over the past week, 15 different fissures opened up in the neighborhood prompting the evacuation in upwards of 1,700 residents. In a matter of days, 36 structures were destroyed including 27 homes. 116 acres of the area have been covered by lava to date in the commmunity. Hawaii Civil Defense, USGS, Police, Fire, Hawaii National Guard and numerous community volunteers have been engaged and taking part in the affected area and disaster relief.
4/27/2018 Aloha. Currently, there have been very high levels of inflation at the Volcano Summit. Lava from the Halemaumau Crater is flowing over the rim and covering the floor. Aside from the many smaller earthquakes every day at the volcano, two stronger ones were recorded this week; a magnitude 2.7 and magnitude 3.2 inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Estimations are there could be new outbreaks on the East Rift Zone near Pu'u O'o. In the past, large inflation activity occurring at the summit contributed to formations of increased coastal plain activity eventually forming the past 61g tube system and surface flows into the ocean.
The 61G lava flow is still not entering the ocean but we are continuously monitoring flow activity and will be updating you here. This way, you can check back while planning your trip to the Big Island and call us with any questions on what activity best suits your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea's East Rift Zone lava flow field.
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Sunrise Lava Boat Tour Photo: Tom Kualii
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Sunset Ocean Entry; Leigh Hilbert Photography
"You've now arrived at the main entry, and a rush will bring you to the edge of your seat. You feel the heat from ocean steam and hear the crackle and bursting of volcanic activity as your tour has brought you out to an act of nature not many in the world ever get to experience".