Current Volcano Conditions

There is absolutely no reason at this time for travelers to change or alter their leisure or business plans. All of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kilauea volcano except a remote area on the island of Hawaii’s east side. Out of the island’s 4,028 square miles, only less than a 10-square-mile area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions in Puna is affected.…

April 28, 2018 Lava Lake Full from Mick Kalber on Vimeo.

Lava Lake Full

A perched pond sits atop the west end of a very inflated Pu'u 'O'o crater this morning, as USGS scientists continue to forecast what may be a major change in the eruption on the East rift zone. Almost the entire vent is now filled with lava... and nearly all the surface flow activity was found within a mile of the vent. Numerous…

Lava vent changes

April 19, 2018 Lava Vent Changes A perched pond sits within the very inflated Pu'u 'O'o crater this morning, as USGS scientists forecast what may be a major change in the eruption on the East rift zone. Nearly all the surface flow activity was found within a mile of the vent... only two small pahoehoe toes about a half mile above the…

Lava above pali

Sizable pahoehoe lava flows, a tumulus outbreak, and numerous skylights, all within a steamy flow field... this surface activity within about 3 miles of the vent, but still a mile or more above the Pali... and nothing else anywhere on the flow field Thursday morning. Wonderful activity! Merry Monarch Festival Ducky joined Leilani, Special Return Guest (two weeks in a…

Lava before the storm

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…

Big Spillway Flow

Significant changes on the 61G flow field today... still a number of small breakouts on the Pali this morning... but a very large flow was discovered within about a half-mile of the Pu'u 'O'o vent. Huge plates of hardened pahoehoe lava floated on a river of lava snaking its way several hundred yards downslope. Spectacular! Raggedy Ann Ducky joined Leilani,…

A Multitude of Flows

Rainy skies couldn't prevent our lava overflight this morning! The Pu'u 'O'o vent was inaccessible, but a multitude of flows were discovered on, above and below the Pali. Pele has made her way onto the coastal flats, but has made little progress toward the ocean. Mahalo to Paradise Helicopters' terrific pilot, Paul Davis... Leilani the Hula Girl, Dinosaur Ducky, Bruce…

Crystal Clear Lava

A crystal clear day on the 61G lava flow field revealed new surface lava activity in the last substantial kipuka of trees just above the Pali. Several streams of pahoehoe, ending in a'a on the Pali itself... and a magnificent flow upslope kept us busy this morning. And we were able to access Pu'u 'O'o's lava lake, albeit briefly, as…

Lava Top to Bottom 

Stunning activity in the Pu'u 'O'o vent's lava lake, a multitude of outbreaks on the Pali and numerous flows between the two made for an amazing overflight this morning! Surface activity on the Pali has been variable over the past several months... from enormous outbreaks to almost nothing. And this is the first time we've been able to access the vent…