Guiding tours is not just about showing visitors around and pointing out interesting sites. It's about making connections. We connect our clients to the sites in a way that makes a lasting positive impression, but also we look to connect them to each other. Facilitating this and watching this happen is the joy of what I do.
This week we had a 25th wedding anniversary and exchange of rings which will forever change my connection to that location, as well as a connection for me with new friends.
Mahalo nui loa to all of you for joining us this week.
Amazing views of lava spatter!
Over the past nine years since the March 19, 2008 eruption inside Halema'uma'u crater, there of been very few views of the Lava (Pele) itself. The most dramatic views have come within the last couple of years. After the overflow of the Overlook two years ago, it seems the lava lake surface has been hovering within about 200' of the craters edge and because of D/I tilt (inflation & deflationary tilt) we've been getting some amazing peek-a-boo looks at the surface and witnessing some amazing spatter and, on occasion, even partial wall collapses.
Since the closest we can get to the lake is about 1 mile, I've been using my spotting scope to capture images and video using my iPhone. I'll share these as often as I can on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In the video below, along with lava, you can see a White Tailed Tropic Bird (Koa'e kea) doing a fly-by. These birds are native to Hawaii and nest in the cliff walls and feed out at sea. Just another amazing aspect of Hawaii.
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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.
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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.