Call us at 808-430-0646 M-Sat 8am-5pm Hawai'i Standard Time

Lava is Flowing! 6-30-16

Lava is flowing on the coastal plain:

Lava is flowing from a vent high on the flank of Pu’u ‘O’o Cone all the way down to the bottom of Pulama Pali as of yesterday morning. Last night, we watched several broad ribbons of glittering pahoehoe cascade down the steep lower part of the pali, to feed a massive spreading ‘a’a flow at the cliff base below. Pele’s reappearance on the coastal plain was indeed a splendid one.

lava hikes, lava tours, see red lava, kilauea lava, big island lava, volcano tours, pulama pali lava

Last night’s glorious show as pahoehoe streamed down the pali, turning to ‘a’a at the cliff base. – Photo: Lavaland Hawai’i 

The ‘ohi’a lehua trees up on the pali next to the bright flow in this photo were probably at least 60 feet (20 m) high for scale. The tree in the foreground is illuminated by lava burning vegetation at its base. It burst into flames just a few minutes after this photo was taken.

lava is flowing, lava tours, lava hikes

A closer view of one of the many glittering pahoehoe streams descending the pali. This one was more than 150′ across. – Photo: Lavaland Hawai’i 

Most of the lava in these majestic streams of pahoehoe turned to ‘a’a when they reached the flatter terrain at the pali’s base. The ‘a’a expanded outward fairly rapidly in all directions, making a continuous clattering noise that sounded like truck loads of glass bottles being dumped on pavement.

The air was shimmering everywhere with the tremendous heat (or was it excitement). In either case it made photography more of a challenge than usual.

pulama pali lava, lava tours, lava hikes

View of Pulama Pali from about a mile before we reached the flows, showing bright glow from both the pahoehoe and ‘a’a. – Photo: Lavaland Hawai’i.

It’s always a spectacular show when exposed lava is flowing down a steep slope or cliff. If the pahoehoe flows continue, they will eventually form lava tubes, which can transport molten lava long distances. So if the flows continue long enough, they may eventually reach the ocean and make for even more fantastic lava viewing. It’s always doing something new and that’s part of the beauty.

The current hike is moderate to challenging and is only for those who are fit and in good physical condition. Conditions and hiking distances change daily so stay tuned to find out the latest.

To book your Lava Hike click here: Book my Lava Hike

  • Lava Activity Update

    LAVA IS BACK !!!!!!!!!
    We now have tours to active flowing lava once again! Don't miss this opportunity to see the wonders of red hot lava. To find out more click here: Lava Hikes or Lava Bike and Hike Tours

    Please note these are not tours of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. For park tours click here:Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tours

    For more info check out LAVA FAQ