Rainy weather scrubbed our regular Thursday flight, but we were able to access the flow field just ahead of the rain on Saturday morning. Steamy conditions allowed us only a few minutes above several very large flows and skylights within about a half-mile of the Pu’u ‘O’o vent… numerous smaller, but still sizable breakouts on, and above the Pali this morning were also discovered. Recent rains caused billows of steam, creating a volcanic wonderland! Student Protester Ducky joined Leilani, Special Return Guest, Leslie Gleim, Bruce Omori and me as Paradise Helicopters’ amazing pilot, Sean Regehr guided us safely to Pele’s ever-changing canvas… mahalo Sean!
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.