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Lava Reaches Pali

Another gorgeous morning! A particularly outrageous overflight revealed numerous picturesque flows, now cresting the Pali (cliffs), and heading down the steeper slope. The Pu’u ‘O’o vent was particularly accessible today… the lake within most active. The 61G surface flow has made it’s way to the Pali… where several sizable outbreaks have begun oozing their way over the hill. Pele’s molten lava continues to pour into the ocean at Kamokuna… most lava flows were hidden by the plume on the lava bench. John Tarson reported yesterday that about half the bench collapsed to the depths of the sea overnight early Thursday morning. Large cracks can still be seen in the lava delta, foreshadowing more collapses to come. We saw no outbreaks at all on the coastal flats. A new Hula Ducky (still here following last week’s Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo), special guest Scott Malis, Bruce Omori and I were thrilled by the epic lava activity of our morning overflight today! Mahalo to Paradise Helicopters’ master pilot Robert Mitchell… Paradise simply no ka oi!

Catch the Lava action with tours departing from Hilo & Kona on the Big Island:

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.