Lava is Back!:
Lava began flowing down Pulama Pali at the end of last week and has made considerable progress toward the coastal plain since then. The new flow, which began on May 25th, signaled a major change in Kilauea’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, and is now the only active lava flow in Hawai’i.
For the first time since 2013, lava has finally changed, direction and is now out of the closed parcels of State land. Presently, the flow front is still high up on the pali (Hawaiian for “cliff”), and is moving seaward near the boundary of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision. Royal Gardens was inundated with lava in 1990 and the last structure left standing was overtaken by lava in 2012.
HVO reported yesterday that the flow was 3.9 miles (6.3 km) long and has been advancing about 0.2 miles per day as it crosses steeper terrain. Whether or not this flow will eventually reach the sea, which is approximately 4 miles from the flow front, remains to be seen. Once the flow reaches flatter terrain at the base of the pali, it will most likely advance at a slower rate.
Pulama Pali is a steep and grueling climb, and is not for most people. But the good news is that the flow is advancing rapidly toward accessible terrain. At this point it’s not possible to say exactly when and where it might arrive but we look forward to offering Lava Hikes again in the near future. Stay tuned!!!