The two photos were taken minutes apart in Kalapana Gardens December 23rd,
shortly after moonrise; Christmas Kalapana style :)
(You can click on either photo to open them both in a larger viewing window)
Moon above the ocean and one little lava house
In the double night rainbow photo you can also see the lava glow from three different eruptions. They are along the distant horizon left to right: Halema`uma`u Crater within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu`u O`o Crater eight miles north west of Kalapana Gardens, and the broader glow from molten lava surface flow breakouts three to four miles northeast of Pu`u O`o.
Kilauea Volcano: Both big
active craters in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continue to erupt.
The photo above was taken
along the Halema`uma`u Crater rim near the Jaggar Museum November 22nd
The sky was beginning to
clear a little after a few days of voggy & rainy conditions.
Below is a photo taken last
night and has notes on it explaining what is in the scene: Click on any of these images to open into a larger view mode.
Geological Survey (USGS) and the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory historical lava
flow map; updated November 21st, 2013:
lava flow is being informally called Kahauale`a 2 by HVO staff, and has been
slowly advancing northeast for about six months. The ocean entry lava began
shutting down late August 2013 and has not returned thus thrusting all surface
lava into the present flow front.
above, a broader view showing the nearest homes and communities, Note that the community of Glenwood and the southwestern corner of Hawaiian Acres are about three-miles from the flow front, those areas are on higher elevation than the active lava. But downslope, the southeastern sections of Hawaiian
Acres and Pahoa town are just a little over five and a half miles from the most active leading tip of this surface flow.
one can predict whether the Kahauale`a 2 will continue this advancement for
months to come and threaten communities and highways, cease tomorrow or rip
open a new fissure and go somewhere else … History shows that only one thing
that seems rather constant is the Hawaiian Island chain continues to grow and
Pele is in charge.
Another shot from the other night of Halema`umu`u Crater, Aloha Leigh
All photos were taken this
morning: Above: Pre-dawn - On the top of the older sea wall: ocean entry on the left and a small surface breakout from the
lave tube feeding it. (As always, you can click on any image and it opens into a page will all the photos larger; click a little black X in the upper right of that page to return here.) [EDIT: September 10, 2013 -- Lava is no longer entering the ocean or even flowing on the coastal plain for the last week and a bit. Molten lava is flowing on the north side of Pu`u O`o crater in a very remote region. The lava tubes leading south towards the ocean remain hot inside and could rupture open again anytime. Previous edit: August 21, 2013: Little has changed with eruption activity since this posting two months ago. For daily eruption updates you can always check the USGS/HVO website here ]
Original post continued:
For nearly six months now the
current eruption out the south flank of Pu`u O`o crater has been entering the
ocean three miles southwest of Kalapana Gardens subdivision.
The ocean entry scene has
remained nearly the same for months; a small lava bench builds out and keeps
breaking off, random surface breakouts from the sealed over delivery tubes come
and go, entry points are usually at two main places – occasionally there are
Below is a short video of the current ocean entry lava flow: (Full HD version on YouTube; click their icon when the vid starts)
OKAY – ABOUT THE MOVIE:
‘When The Mountain Comes To You’
Yes it is way overdue from
when I predicted (several times) it would be all done. All of you
wonderful Hawaiian Lava Daily blog readers who so kindly supported me on this movie will be receiving a handcrafted DVD version of the final draft. As of now, these have all
been mailed out and should arrive at whatever speed the snail can travel. If
you did contribute but don’t receive a copy within a couple weeks (US) then
email me and I’ll get one out to you. Outside the US will take a little longer.
Also, with most of the DVD’s I
sent have a letter and a page about offering me feedback on the pluses and
minuses of the movie as you see it. (Please forgive my use of the ‘you’re’
instead of ‘your’ in the big, bold, heading line!) I will still have one more chance to tweak the film before commercial production begins.
These question-answer forms
are not meant for you to PO mail back, but to give you the idea. Just email me
when you get it and I’ll email back the questions for easier exchange.
I don’t have any DVD’s of the
movie available for sale yet, but when I do I’ll post that on here. I still
need to finish the licensing of the movie music before I can commercially do a
large printing, or do film festivals etc. But I am on it!
This will be my last blog
post for some months; I am off on a big adventure and more filming that is not
molten rock… Unless Pele does something outrageous and for a long enough time
for me to fly back for that … There is always Mauna Loa …
Above: In the pre-dawn magic
time light, molten rock rivers bust out on a newly forming delta and over the
edge into the ocean.Not much has changed along
the ocean lava entry points in recent weeks; some new black sand beaches have
come and gone and there is a slowly growing lava delta bench forming, as seen
in the above image and the photo below:
Other small changes have to
do with the volume of molten lava being sent down from Pu`u O`o crater as magma
pressures beneath Kilauea Volcano fluctuate fairly regularly.
(Above: At dusk yesterday: Looking west from Kalapana Gardens: degassing lava tubes and some new surface breakouts east of the tubes)
(Above: My sometimes lava hiking buddy, photographer Ron Boyle sets up for a shot of a breakout under this weeks full moon)
During high-pressure cycles
we will see new surface breakouts all the way along the lava tube plumbing
system; from above the Pulama Pali all the way down it and across the two-miles
of coastal plains to the ocean.
Also the lava flowing into the ocean surges during magma inflation periods.
That magic pre-dawn light again. All lava photos were taken in the past three days.
The other Pu`u O`o lava that has been of
concern, the Kahaualeʻa
flow, has stagnated apparently, as stated by recent USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory (HVO)observations. They posted some infrared images on
their photos and videos page
The Pu`u O`o Crater is very full of lava now as lava
has been erupting out onto the crater’s floor quite often. At 1:00 AM on April 20th one such eruption was strong enough to reflect brightly onto the clouds as seen in this photo I
took from Kalapana Gardens at 1:12 AM that night, seven miles distant.
You can also see some breakouts of lava on the pali.
I wonder if we will see another large flank rupture
soon, or maybe an increase in the lava flowing to the sea.
Halema`uma`u Crater continues broiling with
molten lava within its rising and falling lava lake inside.
Below is a shot of Halema`uma`u Crater I snapped while in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park a few days ago. I was surprised how wispy thin the outgassing plume was.
NOTE: Click on any of these images to open a new window with them all and larger view sizes (You can return here by clicking the little X in the upper right of that new window.)
Before retiring this blog my intentions for it were:
I love sharing what is happening here on the Big Island, especially the on-going lava flow and reporting on serious changes in the weather and surf conditions. When I am on-the-ball I offer daily reports (less often during stagnant or non-event times) of these and other Big Island events.
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To view some of my video of the lava flows check out my YouTube website channel; KumukahiHawk
To hear radio interviews of me talking about the lava flow you can look for the titles & links along the right side of the main page.
To absorb some of the amazing lava action of the past few years just look through the BLOG ARCHIVES further down this page for the many first-hand accounts, lava photos, videos and stories,
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HanaHou! - the Hawaiian Airlines inflight magazine, published an article on Jack Thompson's life and challenges as the last man standing when the lava finally takes his home. This was in their August/September 2012 edition. They have a condensed version on their WEBSITE. My photos are featured. The photos used in my account of events that day
If you have some time or the interest, Kim McMillon, a host on 'Arts In The Valley' (website linked here) is also a California AM radio station that did an interview with me covering questions about my lava videography & photography, Kilauea history and of my involvement with Jack Thompson and the story of his home lost to lava. The segment is about twenty minutes long:The Interview on mp3
Hiking the active lava fields - respirator needed that day
Photo by Debra Huck
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