Huge outbreaks of lava within a mile of the Pu’u ‘O’o Vent, on and below Pulama Pali… sending tons of lava downslope. The 61G flow, which began nearly a year and a half ago remains very active, although Pele stopped entering the ocean several months ago. Lava has consumed nearly all of the kipuka of trees to the south of the beleaguered subdivision of Royal Gardens. The Pali flows have continued now for nearly two weeks. Paradise Helicopters’ pilot Sean Regehr did a magnificent job of taking us close to Pele’s fire… mahalo Sean! Appropriately, Santa Claus Ducky joined Leilani, and remarked that our helicopter was far more comfortable than his deer-powered sleigh! He added, “Ho-ho-ho!!!” (Wonder what he meant by that?) Happy holidays everyone! And don’t forget… we’ll have lots of interesting personalities on the upcoming “VolcanoScapes” series entitled “Hot Seat Hawaii!” Check out our brand new website hotseathawaii.com and meet the cast. Then stay tuned for exciting well-known guests, engaging visits with interesting Big Island folks… and of course, as always, the best Kilauea Volcano stills and aerial lava video anywhere! Coming soon! #HotSeatHawaii You never know who might show up in “the hot seat” next!
If you want to feel the awesome heat of the volcano and take some incredible photos – don’t forget to add our “doors off” option to your tour for an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience.