The short-lived rain shower provided a hissing sound that added to the unique experience of standing next to one of the planets more amazing spectacles.
Come join us for an experience you'll never forget.
The other night we were treated to a rare experience. I was lucky to have my iPhone up to my spotting scope and caught the partial collapse of the back wall. What I did not capture was the immediate after effects which was a large debris cloud and sparks flying above the crater.
I hope you enjoy the video and give us a call at 808-987-4284 when you're ready to book your volcano adventure.
These incredible images of the Kamokuna lava entry show there could be some changes coming soon. The image on the left is looking towards the viewing area and the one on the right is looking down onto the lava delta. You can see cracks are forming giving us a reminder how unstable those areas can be.
If you'd like to go out and see this incredible display give us a call at 808-987-4284 and book your tour today.
Since last week the lava entry on the coast has moved closer to the viewing area. Although this is giving us some great views, you will be tempted to cross the ropes and stand on the edge of the coastal cliff to get a look. It is not advisable to cross the rope boundaries the National Park has put in place at any time. Especially to stand directly over the delta being created. I have seen others doing this and I fear what can happen when (and I mean when) that gives way. Most collapses produce large explosions with molten debris becoming airborne and deadly HCI (hydrochloric acid).
Even with all the dangers, it is still one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring sites to behold, and very safe when using common sense.
Here are some shots from the other day. Enjoy.
I was lucky enough to spend the day with Doug, John, and Robert who came to the island to watch the Ironman triathlon. They also wanted to visit the active lava flow on in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We made the drive over and the long hike out the flow from Kalapana. We're never sure what to expect when we begin, but we weren't disappointed. A skylight, a window into an underground lava flow, had opened up about 200 yards from the road. We got some great pics and could even feel the heat rising from the cracks around our feet. This was first for me and will never forget it.
Once we had our fill of the skylight we then lingered at the coast and enjoyed watching the lava flow into the sea. It's constantly changing flows and massive steam clouds made a mesmerizing site. It was hard to walk away, but we finally had to begin the march back to the car.
We then topped off the day with a relaxing dinner at Kaleo's in Pahoa.
Mahalo gentlemen for booking your lava hike with Kona Adventure Tours.
The Isler Hawaii: A Field Guide To Hawaii Island
Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet Krista Anderson at a networking event in Waimea. She introduced me to her creation The Isler Hawaii. A website devoted to introducing locals and visitors alike to the people who live here and what they do to bring life to our community.
After listening to here speak so passionately about what she does, I was incredibly honored when she invited me to write an article and be featured on the site. Click here to read the article.
Whether you live here or plan on visiting, I hope you'll find The Isler Hawaii a fun, informative, and entertaining stop.
Kona Adventure Tours is now offering Lava Flow Hikes!
Rarely do we get to see such a magnificent event. Witness rivers of lava carving paths into the landscape on its march to the sea. This is a brand new addition to the KAT lineup of guided tours and by far the most challenging. This tour is the ultimate lava viewing experience.
Includes beverages, snacks, & deli-style picnic dinner at lava viewing area.
Departs the Kailua Kona area at 2:00 PM and returns around 10:30 PM
Book Now Online or call 808-987-4284 for detailed info.
Yesterday I was fortunate to take Gerry, Lucy & Gwen to Hakalau Forest NWR for a day of birding. They were on vacation from Australia and Gerry's main goal for this trip was to see 3 native birds, 'Akepa, Creeper, and 'Akiapōlā'au (Aki) Gerry has been waiting for this chance since 1984 when he was visiting Hawaii as a young man hitchhiking and birding around the islands, but he was unable to see these 3 birds. During his previous visit Hakalau refuge was just getting underway and the first native Koa's were being planted. Now over 30 years later, after hundreds of thousands trees have been planted, and fence lines installed around 33,000 acres, some of the most beautiful native birds in Hawaii were waiting for him to return.
The weather could not have been better for visiting the refuge yesterday. Sunny skies and light breezes made it the best day in weeks.
With 'I'iwi and 'Apapane (our 2 most numerous and vocal birds) away feeding at lower elevations the forest was very quiet, but 'Amakihi, 'Elepaio, 'Oma'o, and even I'o (Hawaiian Hawks) did not disappoint. However, it wasn't until after lunch and a ways into the refuge before we finally were treated to a small feeding flock of 'Ākepa's and Hawaii Creepers. These two birds held 2nd & 3rd place on Gerry's must-see list. All that was left now was #1 'Akiapōlā'au (Aki for short).
'Akiapõlā'au is one of Hawaii's most critically endangered birds. It exists only on Hawaii island and nowhere else. The male and female will only produce one egg which, after fledging, will remain with it's parents for at least a year so it can learn to use it's specialized bill. There are only 3 nesting pairs in the area we are visiting. One pair near the top of the refuge, one in the middle and a third near the "bottom", making the task of finding Aki a worthwhile one.
After trekking to the "bottom" and beginning our way back up our hopes of seeing Aki were beginning to dim. Then a bird flew very close to my head. Close enough that I felt it's presence and saw it's shadow and although I suspected who it was before I could turn fully to confirm my suspicions Gerry announced we had our bird. Without a call or a song the male had swooped in to pay us a much needed visit.
He was feeding intently in a large sprawling Koa about 30 feet above our heads and just yards below where we had left our packs earlier. The look on Gerry's face was priceless and I knew nothing could beat that moment... I soon realized I was wrong.
While enjoying our views of the male, the female began calling just behind us and I was just able to get a clear look at her bill and the banding on her leg before she departed. But it doesn't stop there. Moments later as we ascended to retrieve our packs and begin our victorious march back the car, there came yet another song from a different male followed right away by the call of it's mate. They were feeding within 20 feet of us and just a few feet above our heads. We had found the 2nd family from the middle section almost within arms reach it seemed.
As we stood in silence admiring one of the rarest birds in the world for the second time that day, I overhead Lucy say to her husband "Happy birthday dear. You did it".
It was moving and I felt fortunate to have been there. Needless to say the long walk back to the SUV didn't seem so long and our tea and coffee upon getting there really hit the spot.
Mahalo Gerry, Lucy & Gwen for making the long trek to Hawaii and asking me to show such a special place. Have a safe trip home.
I am very excited to announce Kona Adventure Tours has won Tour Operator of the Year in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards.
Although we will not be presented with a free round-the-world, all expense paid trip including every friend we've ever had, it does mean we will be listed in the Luxury Travel Winners Guide used by thousands.
We couldn't be more pleased for the recognition and would like to send a heartfelt "Mahalo" to any and all that sent in their nominations.
With summer now upon us, I hope it's enjoyed by everyone and if you're thinking of visiting Hawaii Island, look us up and give us a call. We would love to share our passion for Hawaii with you.