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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Lava Activity Update

    Our tours will get to active lava or your money back - guaranteed!!! (We know of no other company that offers this guarantee.)

    Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park now says that all active lava is within areas closed due to significant risks but conditions can change quite suddenly and we're hopeful we'll be able to resume lava tours soon.

    We're still accepting reservations for tours to active lava and if there is no accessible lava on the coastal plain on the day of your tour we'll reschedule or refund you - whichever you prefer.

    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

    For more info check out LAVA FAQ