Category Archives: Volcano

The Future Bigger Island of Hawaii

On a recent visit to Washington DC, Andy and I enjoyed a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Of course my Hawaii radar triggered onto red alert when I saw an exhibit on volcanoes with Hawaii in the spot light. It’s a very nice exhibit on volcanoes that even shows examples of a’a and pahoehoe lava. We ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals and News Roundup for January 27

After an 18 month absence of lava flowing to the ocean inside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s boundaries, there’s a new lava ocean entry point inside the park. This new point is at Wahaula which is between the end of the Chain of Craters Road and the other lava flow point at Waikupanaha which is at the end of Highway ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals and News Roundup for December 12th

Seems like yesterday brought some extreme weather across the US. Hawaii was pounded with rain and there’s even a winter weather warning for Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala with 3 to 5 inches of heavy wet snow possible. We had thunderstorms and tornado warnings  in North Carolina yesterday, while south Louisiana had a rare snow. Strange weather day, huh? ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for December 4th

* Lava is flowing towards Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. According to this KGMG story and video, a mile-wide lava flow is 0.25 miles away from being inside park boundaries.  The story says that hikers can make a six-mile trek to see the flow.  I’d advise that you not do that until the trail is marked. It’s very easy to get ... Read More »

Big Island Lava Returns After A Brief Break

According to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, lava stopped flowing to the ocean for a few days last week, but it has returned again.  Shane Turpin of Lava Ocean Adventures tells me that the lava flow volume into the ocean has been heavy since the return.  Shane provide the above photo that he captured from one of his boat tours.  Pretty ... Read More »

Pu’u O’o vent is back in action this morning!

These are really exciting times around Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.  I check the Hawaii Volcano Observatory Kilauea updates and web camera images fairly regularly.  For quite a while there’s not been much going on incandescence-wise at Puu Oo, but take a look at the above image that I captured from the observatory’s web cam just this ... Read More »

How Pele Celebrates the 4th of July – Amazing Lava Explosion Videos

Whoa!  You’ve got to check out these two tremendous videos of Kilauea volcano activity.  The first video was shot over the past couple of days. (Credit for this video find to Bobbie at the Virtual Scratchpad.)  This week, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory began reporting that some of the lava tubes that had been carrying lava to the ocean had ruptured ... Read More »

Pahoehoe and A’a Lava

There are two distinct types of hardened lava you’ll likely see in Hawaii – pahoehoe and a’a.  These are Hawaiian names that have been adopted universally for describing the two main types of lava. Pahoehoe (pronounced like “pah hoy hoy”) is a smooth lava produced when lava flows slowly and gently.  A’a (pronounced like “ah ah”) is a very rough ... Read More »

Lava is like a box of chocolates

You never know what you are going to find when you go searching for lava flowing on Hawaii’s Big Island.  Though Kilauea has been erupting consistently for decades, you can’t really predict when and where lava will pop up or disappear next.  In this article, we’ll take a look at the same lava viewing point from mid-March compared to early ... Read More »

View of Halemaumau Crater at Dawn

I frequently check out the web cam views from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.  Just now, I checked in to see this amazing view of Halema’uma’u at dawn.  You can see the read glow of lava and the plume of ash.  You can check the web cam for yourself here.  Read More »

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