Aug 01 10:29

Where to see dramatic lava flows from Hawaii Island's Kilauea volcano

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island began erupting almost three months ago. To see the extraordinary lava flows firsthand, boat and helicopter tours are the way to go.

Aug 01 10:28

VIDEO: Experience Volcano Seeks To Lure Visitors To Village

The Volcano Village business community – comprised mostly of galleries, restaurants and accommodations – has banded together to create a focused campaign to keep visitors coming to town, despite the closure of the main attraction next door.

In light of the record 80-day closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and the resulting loss in tourism, village business leaders yesterday launched the Experience Volcano campaign with a press event at the Volcano Garden Arts gallery. They hope the effort will boost the economy of the earthquake-stricken community.

Jul 31 10:28

New digital approach aims at increasing tourism in Volcano

Business owners feeling the blow from the Kilauea Eruption are partnering with community leaders to launch a new tool for visitors to volcano.

It's a website showcasing activities that one may find just outside the national park, including air quality updates, hot spots and more.

"It's taken us the better part of three months to kind of get everything together, going ahead and put together a really kind of an entire website, soup to nuts, that is able to show off other things people can do in the Volcano area other than visiting Hawaii volcanoes national park," said Jesse Tunison of Experience Volcano Hawaii.

The group's outreach plan aims to benefit both residents and visitors going to the Volcano area, with hopes to reel in tourism.

Jul 30 10:26

Do Not Prod The Hawaiian Goddess Of Fire And Volcanoes

I’m somewhat fascinated by volcanic or otherwise pyrotechnical deities. You’d expect the stories to be particularly over-the-top, and they often deliver the goods: Kagutsuchi, for all intents and purposes the Japanese fire spirit, has a ludicrously violent and vengeance-infused story which ends in nothing less than a bloody mess and features a quick trip to hell.

The story of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, is particularly marvelous. It’s full of drama, fire, fury; rich with evocative turns of phrase and lyrical, poetic prose. It also has plenty of relevance today, long after the tales were first conceived, with many of the residents of the archipelago leaving offerings and dancing in tribute to the flaming femme as her lava fountains and flows across the land.

Jul 29 10:20

Hawaii volcano eruption: ’Biggest brushfires yet’ sparked by lava from Kilauea

BRUSHFIRES have broken out on Hawaii’s Big Island after lava ignited trees and grass near the flow from Kilauea volcano’s fissure 8 – with reports of several houses being engulfed by flames.

Jul 28 11:09

New Hybrid Whale-Dolphin Discovered Off Hawaii

Last year, a team of scientists spotted what they believed was a hybrid animal off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. A new report from Cascadia Research Collective confirms they did — and the new sea creature is the result of a whale and a dolphin mating, the team’s head researcher told CBS News.

What the researchers discovered was a hybrid of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin. In an interview with local newspaper The Garden Island, the head of the project said the discovery is their “most unusual finding.” “We had the photos and suspected it was a hybrid from morphological characteristics intermediate between species,” Robin Baird said.

During their two-week project, scientists were able to get a biopsy sample from the creature and study its genetics. They were able to confirm that the animal was a hybrid. “Based on the genetics, the father was a rough-toothed dolphin and the mother a melon-headed whale,” Baird told CBS News via email.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sea Life Park, here on Oahu, has been breeding wholphins (false-killer whales and bottle nose dolphins) since 1985. Two of them are part of the regular tour.

Jul 28 11:04

Update: Hawaii First to Ban Dangerous Pesticide

On June 13, 2018, Hawaiian governor, David Ige, signed new legislation that phases out the use of chlorpyrifos and increases regulation on other restricted use pesticides. Chlorpyrifos is known to cause brain damage in developing fetuses and children. There is no safe level of exposure for children.

Jul 28 10:41

Geologists eye Hawaii volcano for signs eruption may be easing

Right on cue, a collapse explosion came during the news briefing, kicking out the equivalent energy of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.

It was the 58th such event in the current eruption cycle as magma steadily drains from the volcano's summit lava reservoir, causing its crater to collapse.

The USGS released a report last week saying the eruption could last months or years and the main hazard was a possible collapse of fissure 8, or a blockage or breach in its lava channel, that could send some or all lava in a new direction.

Jul 27 12:39


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will be keeping an eye on this one!

It will be interesting to see what happens if this storm passes over the erupting volcano and how much the added heat will affect it.

Jul 26 12:17

What's causing the near-daily collapses and 'earthquakes' at Halemaumau?

For over three months, Hawaii Island residents near Kilauea's summit have dealt with ongoing ground shaking, civil defense alerts and light ashfall.

The rumbles often release energy equivalent to a 5.2- to 5.4-magnitude earthquake. Since May, scientists have recorded almost 60 of those magnitude-5 or higher tremblors.

By now, it's known these "earthquakes" don't generate a tsunami threat and the shaking is short-lived.

But according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists, they're not traditional earthquakes (in which plates underground move). And they're no longer caused by steam-driven ash explosions as they were in previous months.

USGS scientist Janet Babb says what triggers the temblors are "collapse events" at Halemaumau.

Jul 26 10:30

Hawaii volcano eruption: Residents warned to stay indoors as sulphur dioxide levels rise

RESIDENTS have been warned to stay indoors after a change in the wind direction resulted in high levels of toxic sulphur dioxide from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano – while earthquakes are continuing to damage a major road in the south east part of Big Island.

Jul 25 08:22

Eruption Shock-wave, Better Lightning | Video

Jul 24 10:31

Geologists say the Hawaii volcano eruption could last for months, or even years

Geologists monitoring the eruption of the Kilauea volcano say it could continue to spout lava for a long time.

The volcano has been erupting since early May in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Hawaii’s big island, forcing evacuations and destroying more than 700 homes. The US Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the eruption has covered more than 12 square miles (23 square kilometers) with black lava and has added 700 acres of new land to the island.

A report from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory found that this eruption, in what geologists call Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone, has produced a greater volume of lava than past eruptions in the area.

Jul 23 10:34

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Jul 21 10:17

Hawaii volcano update: Fissure 8 spews MORE LAVA - earthquakes hit Kilauea summit

LAVA from Kilauea volcano is continuing to ooze across Hawaii’s Big Island two months after first erupting. Here is the latest news as Fissure 8 spews more lava and earthquakes hit the Kilauea volcano summit.

Jul 20 10:25

AP Photos: Weeks later, Hawaii volcano gushes on

A tour boat accident has drawn renewed attention to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, but for Big Island residents the erupting lava has been an ever-present force for more than two months.

Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder cone in a hard-hit neighborhood where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. It’s sending huge volumes of lava snaking to the ocean miles away.

Jul 19 15:55

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands!

After having been suppressed and kept in the dark for over 100 years about the usurpation of our homelands by the U.S., We the People — the surviving remnants of the Hawaiian Kingdom — Ke Aupuni O Hawaii — began the process to regain control of our country and peacefully restore our country’s rightful standing in the world as a lawful, sovereign, independent, neutral nation.

It is an exciting time as we press forward asserting our laws, implementing strategies and gathering and empowering our people to stand our nation up for the world to see once again...
the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands.

We invite you to browse through this site to learn more about our re-emerging nation... E Komo Mai, Welcome Home...

Jul 18 11:40

Hawaii becoming a shit hole like CA?

Cop killed on Big Island

Jul 16 15:08

23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

A lava bomb hit a tour boat on Monday morning in Hawaii, injuring 23 people, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

The lava punctured the boat's roof and it returned to Wailoa Harbor, the fire department said.

Hilo Medical Center confirmed 13 passengers were treated at the hospital, and another 10 passengers with superficial injuries were treated on arrival at Wailoa Harbor.

Jul 16 13:22

Hawaii volcano: Lava bomb flies through roof of tour boat, injures at least 13

At least 13 people on a tour boat in Hawaii were injured after a volcanic explosion sent a lava bomb flying through the roof of the vessel.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, the incident occurred early Monday morning. A lava bomb punctured the roof of the boat, leaving a large gaping hole in the vessel and damaging one of the boat's railings.

Jul 15 10:30

Volcanic update: Small lava island forms off Kapoho, Hawaii

A tiny new island of lava has formed on the northernmost part of the ocean entry. During this morning’s overflight, HVO’s field crew noticed the island was oozing lava similar to the lava oozing from the broad flow front along the coastline.

Jul 15 10:22

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava ISLAND emerges at SEA oozing lava as crater EXPLODES

THE Hawaii volcano eruption has caused a lava island to form in the sea just off the coast of the Big Island, as the Mount Kilauea crater exploded with the force of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

Jul 14 10:43

K?lauea Volcano: How Long Will Current Eruption Last?

A U.S. Geological Survey report to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on June 29, 2018, addressed time frames of activity for K?lauea Volcano’s summit and Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ).

The question of how long this current might this last is of concern to everyone—especially, of course, Big Island residents in the line of Pele’s fire, those affected by the regularly exploding summit and residents and visitors suffering from the effects of volcanic gases and ash.

The report explains that the continuing deflation of K?lauea’s summit storage system is occurring in response to the release of magma to the LERZ at a higher rate than the reservoir is being resupplied from its deep mantle source.

If summit magma is predominantly feeding eruptive activity in the LERZ rather than filling storage space in the crater, then summit activity could cease soon after the LERZ eruption ends.

Jul 11 09:55

Kilauea’s heat triggering mass amounts of acid rain

Intense, hot air from the ongoing Kilauea eruption — combined with a drop in trade-winds — triggered 9.22 inches of rain containing sulfur dioxide to drench an isolated portion of the Lower East Rift Zone in the 24 hours that ended this morning at 8 a.m.

“The heat coming out of the lava is making the air mass really unstable,” said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender. “We’re not seeing it all the time, but it’s cropping up part of the time.”

The forecast of a return to more conventional tradewind patterns mean heavy rains over the Lower East Rift Zone are likely to dissipate as early as tonight, Bravender said.

Jul 11 08:35

USGS Gives Hawaii Eruption Update (July 10, 2018)

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Check out 4:45 and again at around 5:35, where they show time-lapse views of the entire floor of Kilauea crater sinking.

Jul 10 11:35

Hawaii volcano update: Hawaii STILL growing EACH DAY as Kilauea lava flows into the sea

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has now entered into its second month of eruption as it pushes a river of viscous red lava into the ocean.

Until recently the volcano has shown little sign of change, with an established channel flowing from the summit down to the ocean.

About a mile of new land has formed as a result, the latest addition to Hawaii’s volcanic islands.

So far, there have been no deaths and few injuries reported as a result of the eruption, but more than 600 homes are thought to have been destroyed.

Jul 07 10:31

Kilauea Volcano destroys another 46 homes; total now 671

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano destroyed another 46 homes this week, bringing the total number of structures demolished by lava to 671, local authorities said Friday.

The Hawai'i County Civil Defense said the damage this week left four homes standing in Kapoho, a town on the state's Big Island. The lava flow, which began in May, also filled in the town's bay and spread to create new land into the ocean.

Fissure 8 supplied lava to an open channel with intermittent small, short-lived overflows, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday. The spatter cone was 180 feet tall at its highest point.

HVO said the lava channel no longer reaches the ocean, but oozing along the northern section of the flow is entering the water.

Jul 04 10:10

Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea fires up EXPLOSIVE thunderstorms and rain on Big Island

KILAUEA not only continues to spew lava across Hawaii’s volcanic Big Island but it is also creating its own weather over lower Puna as excessive heat enhances unstable weather, such as intense thunderstorms and torrential rain.

Jul 03 11:34

Hawaii volcano forms cone about same height as Aloha Tower

The Hawaii volcano that's been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that's now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday the cone is 180 feet (55 meters) high at its tallest point. Honolulu Harbor's Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet.

The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the Big Island.

Scientists call it Fissure 8 because it was the eighth vent to open during the eruption. It's feeding a river of lava that's flowing downhill to the ocean.

Jul 02 11:13

Hawaii volcano eruption: SHOCK new video shows DEVASTATION as Kilauea continues to erupt

The Hawaii volcano, Mount Kilauea, continues to spew lava and molten rock across Big Island as it approaches its second month of continuous eruption.

Kilauea first started to erupt on May 3.

New video footage captured by Paradise Helicopters reveals the terrifying extent of the destruction the volcano has brought to the island, as streams of molten lava flow feet from homes.

More than 650 homes have been destroyed by lava, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 people - around 600 of whom are still living in temporary accommodation.

Jun 30 10:37

Hawaii volcano eruption update: Why is Kilauea PLAGUED with earthquakes?

KILAUEA has now reached the eighth week of its eruption, causing devastation to Big Island’s landscape. Why is Kilauea plagued with earthquakes?

Jun 30 10:24

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Friday Morning (June 29, 2018)

Jun 28 15:23


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Jun 28 10:14

Watch the US Geological Survey's Drone Footage of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Crater

This aerial footage is not only visually stunning, it's providing the USGS with invaluable information about the volcano's ever-changing phases.

Jun 28 10:10


A billion dollar antiballistic radar system is being planned for development in Hawaii in order to counter nuclear ICBM threats from somewhere. Even though, at the present moment, there aren’t any threatening postures from nations with ICBM tech, the need to spend 1$ billion on detecting and combatting those ICBMs is apparently greater than ever before, at least according to some congressmen.

RT reports:

The flat-face surface radar would “counter evolving missile threats in the Pacific Region”, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) says. Although the timing of the radar’s construction seems curious given current efforts at rapprochement with North Korea, plans for the military installation actually predate the Trump administration. The radar system was mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law by Barack Obama in December 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Representative Schatz, a word, please: perhaps instead of shilling for interceptors and radar systems, you should be travelling on the decomposing roads of Oahu, and figure out just what is compelling Governor Ige to ignore the horrific conditions here, which are literally killing the cars which must drive over them?!?

And BTW, which of the major makers of interceptors and radar systems are supporting you, covertly, or overtly, to make this pitch?!?

I am really considering, just to make the point, of contacting Domino's Pizza for Potholes program, Paving for Pizza, and asking them to fill all the potholes on Oahu, which would be a formidable task, as a way of embarrassing the Governor for not taking care of this.

The Light Rail project on Oahu, which you supported, Appropriations Committed Passes Funding for Honolulu Rail, transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Progams is hopelessly skewed in time and budget, and may never be finished; it is a flustercluck of bad engineering, bad choices, and money drained from the local economy which the people of Hawaii will never see again; why are you not supporting a forensic audit of where that money went?!?

Or are the people of this great state never supposed to know where it should have gone, but didn't?!?

Jun 28 09:02

Kilauea's continual eruption is creating a new fissure so big it could soon be classed as Hawaii's newest volcano

Kilauea, the most active volcano on Hawaii, has been in continual eruption since 1983.

It entered a new phase in early May when fractures along a rift on the eastern side of the volcano opened during a series of earthquakes – some of which became volcanic fissures from which lava was erupted.

These fissures allowed magma that had been ponded in a lava summit lake to drain onto the ground surface as lava flows lower down the mountain.

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Volcanologists define a volcano as having its own distinct connection to the magma chamber. This new cone appears to be an offshoot of Kilauea's "drainage" system, and as such technically is not a new distinct volcano.

Jun 28 08:08

Hawaii’s quest for a new type of independence

AT A COOL new bookstore in Honolulu called Da Shop, I met the foreign minister of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands, Leon Kaulahao Siu. He spends much of his time lobbying at the United Nations and at international missions in Europe. His biggest challenge is persuading diplomats that the Kingdom of Hawaii exists. When they ask if Hawaii is not part of the United States, Mr. Siu hands them a pamphlet called, “The Basis for the Restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom.”

“The Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is actually an existing, sovereign, independent country,” the pamphlet asserts. “The United States never lawfully acquired the Hawaiian Islands. The so-called ‘State of Hawaii’ is a fictional entity fabricated by the United States in order to make its presence in the Hawaiian Islands appear to be legitimate.”

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Jun 27 07:56

US seeks to install $1bn radar in Hawaii to detect ballistic missiles

The Pentagon wants to spend $1 billion to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to track ballistic threats coming from North Korea or elsewhere, according to officials.

Jun 26 10:37

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: USGS loses GPS station in massive Kilauea summit collapse

The Hawaii volcano GPS station dropped into the crumbling Kilauea crater after a month of gradual decline.

The USGS instrument began drifting downwards after the ongoing eruption began on May 3 but later picked up speed on June 8.

After recording more than 310 feet (95metres) of crater slumping, the USGS revealed today it has lost all radio contact with the outpost on June 18.

The US agency said: “The GPS instrument, called NPIT, first started moving downward in early May at the onset of subsidence at Kilauea’s summit.

Jun 26 10:04

Kilauea volcano now spewing Lava Balls latest USGS warning

AS HAWAII’S Kilauea volcano continues its unstoppable path of molten destruction, scientists have identified a new phenomenon

Jun 25 11:27

Hawaii volcano eruption: Time-lapse aerial video shows devastation caused by lava

THE Hawaii volcano eruption can be seen in aerial time-lapse footage showing the shocking scale of destruction caused by lava flows from Hawaii volcano Mount Kilauea since it began in May, as the whole of Kapoho Bay is covered in lava.

Jun 25 11:26

Hawaii volcano eruption update: ‘NO SIGNS of slowing’ USGS warns in dire Kilauea news

HAWAII’S erupting Kilauea volcano shows no signs of stopping, United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists warned after the volcano’s crater collapsed.

Jun 25 11:26

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: Kilauea crater sees collapse EXPLOSION spew steam 4,500ft

HAWAII volcano Kilauea spewed a plume of steam 4,500ft high after a period of high seismicity triggered a “collapse explosion” at the Halemaumau crater.

Jun 25 09:23

Flashback 2016: Caldwell, Hanabusa Agree to Stop Rail at Middle Street

"In 2012 HART estimated it would cost about $528 million to build rail’s final four miles. In March it estimated it would cost $866 million. Now [June 2016] it estimates it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to complete that same stretch."

But in May 2018 the utility relocation contract alone is $400M. Can they build a 4 mile bridge with 8 stations, etc. for $1.1B? I say $3B at least!

Jun 25 09:21

Honolulu Rail -- Most Expensive Per Capita in World History

Honolulu's rail project has more than quadrupled from the original $3B price tag initially misrepresented, and is now projected to cost $13B for full completion--the most expensive transit project per capita in the world to date!

That is over 6 times the annual budget of the Honolulu C & C costing taxpayers $500M per mile of rail, benefiting only Oahu residents, but paid by all Hawaii taxpayers.

- A series of missteps including gross spending increases, damning audits, rusted support columns, and faulty track pads that needed replacing years before the rail is ready for service.

- The HART board continues to obstruct a full audit of the project.

Jun 24 09:50

Hawaii volcano eruption: Stunning video gets viewers extremely CLOSE with lava flow

HAWAII volcano Kilauea created nearly 20 cracks in the earth's surface, with several violently spewing rivers of scalding lava into the Pacific Ocean. Stunning footage shows the lava sputtering out of Fissure 16 in the affected area of Puna.

Jun 24 09:49

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava blasts from MORE fissures as bush fires sparked

Kilauea volcano's wrath continues to threaten locals on the Big Island as a number of fissures burst into life over the last 24 hours.

Plumes of toxic smoke are expected to spread to the west of the island over the weekend.

The Hawaii Fire Department were also called at 12.15pm local time, after high levels of heat in the region sparked a raging bush fire near Puuanahulu, causing Highway 190 to remain closed.

Highway 190 was closed for a few hours although the road is now open for vehicles, but officials warned locals to take caution.

Jun 24 09:48

Lava 'rapids' from Kilauea are flowing through Hawaii at 15 mph

Lava flowing out a part of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is creating rapids as it joins a larger river of lava.

A video published by the United States Geological Survey shows lava leaving a vent, traveling at about 15 miles per hour and traveling over "cascades" or "rapids."

The video was taken on Sunday at the 8th of 24 fissures, which is located in the lower east rift zone near Leilani Estates.

Rapids aren't the only jarring result of the eruption, which has lasted longer than a month.

Lava "bergs" as big as vehicles have been reported, according to Hawaii News Now.

Jun 24 09:48

Jaggar Museum’s fate uncertain as quakes take toll on facility overlooking growing Halema‘uma‘u

The ever-growing Halema‘uma‘u crater already swallowed the Overlook parking lot and might make the Jaggar Museum unusable.

Jessica Ferracane, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman, said the facility on the edge of Kilauea caldera hasn’t been structurally assessed, but staff have witnessed cracks across the viewing deck as well as inside the museum. Artifacts were being removed earlier this week.

“Every single day, we are sustaining damage from these ongoing earthquakes,” she said. “The cracks and the fractures along the overlook of Jaggar go through rock walls down through the ground.”

Ferracane said there is concern the building, which also houses the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, could slide into the caldera if this activity continues. But even if it doesn’t, it might not be safe to reuse once the park can reopen.

“It’s very doubtful we would ever return to Jaggar Museum and the USGS HVO building,” she said.

Jun 22 10:23

See the Eerie Lava Glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption from Space

Astronauts in space have been tracking Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption since May, but they've never revealed a view quite like this.

This new photo from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold shows the eerie, orange glow of Kilauea's lava flows from several fissures. Arnold snapped the photo early Wednesday (June 20), before the sun rose over Hawaii. A blue glow hinting at the upcoming sunrise is visible in the distance.

Jun 21 19:33

Hawaii volcano eruption: 'There is no DOOMSDAY' businesses insist amid PLUMMETING tourism

Despite the localised impacts of the eruption and lava flows, which have covered an area of only 9.5 square miles, business owners have reported that some prospective tourists have cancelled their trips based on misconceptions.

Greg VanderLann, owner of UFO Parasail in Kailua-Kona, said: “It’s just the illusion that we are in a doomsday scenario out here and we’re not.

“You know if I watched the news and didn’t know anything about geography I would probably cancel my trip to Hawaii too.”

Commenting on the economic impacts of the drop in tourism, he added: “Jobs are lost and we rely on tourism.

“That’s the biggest chunk of our industry out here — local families are struggling right now.”

Jun 21 10:35

Kilauea's eruption is reshaping Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say goodbye to the popular lava lake

“You could drive up to the [Jaggar Museum], get out of your car, walk to the overlook, and view a beautiful lava lake overflowing,” park superintendent Cindy Orlando said. “That was an incredible visitor experience, and you really didn’t have to work real hard to get it.”

With the recent volcanic activity, that lava lake has receded underground. It is now sealed off by countless tons of rock that have fallen into the caldera as portions of the surrounding Halemaumau Crater continue to collapse.

“Will it [the lava lake] ever happen again? Probably, but not in my lifetime,” Orlando said.

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Claire playing the Koa wood piano at Volcano House, 1999.

Jun 20 10:33

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava INCREASE from Kilauea causing FASTER flows on Big Island

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has been feeding a large torrent of molten hot lava leading to the ocean at Kapoho Bay since May 3.

Revealing aerial footage from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows the river of magma streaming down Kilauea's vent at a speed of 17 mph – an increase of 2 mph from previous recordings.

The video also shows standing waves of lava forming in the channel near the vent giving way to slow-moving pahoehoe – a form of basaltic lava capable of maintaining high temperatures for tens of kilometres from the vent.

USGS said the vigour of the eruption had increased as the temperature of lava had risen causing a smoother magmatic flow.

Jun 20 10:32

Hawaii farmers risk lava and toxic air to save their produce after Kilauea volcano

Rusty and Jenny Perry fled their home in Hawaii's Big island last month to escape bubbling lava following the Kilauea volcano eruption.

The couple grows lychee, bananas and papaya on their farm in Kapoho. When they evacuated, they missed shipments of produce to other parts of the state. And with that came lost income.

"It's just waiting there, waiting to be picked," Jenny Perry told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

But even as their produce awaits, they've been sneaking onto the farm to salvage what they can. To avoid the dangers associated with lava, they've been using an entrance through their neighbor's land and back roads.

Jun 20 10:30

Moderate quake, small explosion shake Kilauea summit

Another moderate earthquake this morning in the Kilauea summit area was followed by a minor ash explosion and emission from the volcano.

The magnitude-5.3 quake struck at 4:22 a.m. 3.9 miles west-southwest of Volcano at a depth of 0.2 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami was expected, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The small ash plume produced by the explosion rose to less than 2,000 feet as it was blown downwind.

Jun 19 10:20

Hawaii volcano eruption: 453 earthquakes strike Kilauea summit in 24 hours

KILAUEA volcano in Hawaii is continuing to erupt, with the volcano and surrounding areas experiencing 453 earthquakes alone within the last 24 hours, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Jun 18 09:42

Hawaii volcano: Aerial video sparks FEARS with huge 5.3-mag EXPLOSION as crater COLLAPSES

Fears surrounding the future of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has escalated this morning following a shock "explosive event" at the Halemaumau Crater.

The crater has been gradually collapsing in the last week before the sudden explosion this morning, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Scientists confirmed the "large explosion" had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, adding that volcanic emissions remain "very high".

The explosion marks the sixth day in a row where an event - explosion or earthquake - registered above magnitude-5.0 at the summit.

Jun 18 09:18

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: USGS fears YEARS will pass before Kilauea lava empties

HAWAII’S erupting Kilauea volcano could take many more years before it fully empties its underground reservoirs of molten lava, United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists gravely warned.

Jun 18 09:03

Mesmerizing river of lava gushes rapidly from Kilauea toward the ocean as volcano leaves more than 467 homes destroyed

Incredible footage has emerged showing the river of lava that continues to gush from K?lauea on Hawaii's Big Island.

The fast moving lava was spotted pouring out of Fissure 8 at around 5pm on Friday, as the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned that the fissure remains highly active.

'Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone,' the agency said in a flash bulletin on Sunday morning.

Jun 18 08:59


Jun 18 08:58

As eruptions continue, land swap eyed for hundreds of evacuees

State Sen. Russell Ruderman, of Puna, says with 500 to 1,000 people suddenly homeless on the Big Island, out-of-the-box solutions are needed.

Here's how he says the land swap would work: "If you had an acre in Leilani that was overrun by lava, state takes possession of that," he said. "You, in exchange, get access to another lot in a safer place, ideally pre-lava value of that lot is what the state credits you and it could go toward purchasing this new lot in part or in total."

He says a state law enacted after the 1960 tsunami devastated Hilo enabled the state to relocate people from oceanfront to higher ground.

"It was used again in the late 80s in Kalapana and a couple times on Oahu so it's not unique and it has happened before," said Ruderman….

Jun 18 08:57

Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’

The state of Honolulu’s rail project has become so problematic that even a board member for Honolulu Area Rapid Transportation (HART) is asking to press the pause button.

But that’s not all.

The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter (see full letter here) written by HART board member John Henry Felix to HART Chairman Damien Kim in which he also urged the board to call for a forensic audit.

This is something we have been saying for more than a year.

It’s an open secret that HART is plagued by cost overruns, that there are major questions about where the money has gone, and that there’s reason to question whether the rail will ever be self-sufficient.

The public has long since lost faith in the rail. Greater transparency could help restore confidence in the project, but we have yet to see an audit that has not compromised in some way.

Jun 15 18:10

The 'killer hair' sprouting around Hawaii's volcano: Health warning over strange strands appearing near lava flows

Potentially deadly glass fibers caused by Hawaii's erupting volcano are taking over the Big Island.

Kilauea has been erupting now for more than 40 days and has already destroyed 600 homes on Big Island, but now the state is facing an additional crisis with the arrival of dangerous threads called 'Pele's hair'.


'Imagine inhaling tiny slivers of glass. That's what the Pele's hair is,' he continued.

'It can inflame and irritate anything that comes in contact with it.'

Previously the strands also invaded drinking water at cattle farms, injuring bovines' stomachs and esophagi.

Jun 15 10:39

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's volcano-stricken Big Island

U.S. President Donald Trump approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii's Big Island

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said.

Governor David Ige formally requested assistance for an estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to lava flows or were forced from their dwellings under evacuation orders.

Jun 15 10:38

500 Earthquakes Hit Hawaii Volcano in 24-hour Period

In a 24-hour span this week, nearly 500 earthquakes hit the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, and one of the quakes registered 5.3 on the Richter scale.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook the Big Island on Wednesday, KHON2 reported. No tsunami was reported.

Jun 15 09:26

Hawaii volcano update: INCREDIBLE aerial pictures show magnitude of Kilauea lava flows

These dramatic pictures show the extent of the incredible lava flows which continue to ooze out of fissures on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The United States Geological Survey has said lava continues to flow out of fissure 8 into a channel which is “nearly full to brim” in Leilani Estates.

“Fissure 8 continues to fountain to heights of about 100 to 130 feet. Lava flows out of fissure 8 into a channel that is nearly full to the brim in the vicinity of the Leilani Estates subdivision,” the USGS said.

“The lava travels about 8 miles to the ocean entry at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland.

Jun 15 07:29

Hawaii Island Humane Society Animal Rescue Mission (Jun. 14, 2018)

Jun 14 10:10

Hawaii's Volcano Is Literally Erupting Gems

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been fiercely erupting for well over a month. Now, residents are finding little green gems that have fallen out of the sky during Kilauea's eruption.

The green gems are olivine crystals, a common mineral found in Hawaii's lava. At jewelry quality, the mineral is called peridot. As the volcano erupts, it blasts apart molten lava, allowing for green olivine minerals to be separated from the rest of the melt and fall as tiny gemstones.

Jun 13 08:51

No End in Sight for B-1 Grounding as New Emergency Landing Reported

The incident on June 1 was minor and per safety checklists, the aircrew determined to return to Hickam, Lt. Col. Uriah Orland, a spokesman for Air Force Global Strike Command, said. The incident, he said, was not related to ejection seat issue that prompted the global B-1 stand-down.

Jun 13 04:04

Did fracking cause the Hawaii volcano eruption?

They have been fracking at the geothermal plant since 1993. Fracking causes earthquakes. 50 Billion tons of lava have flowed out from the fissures next to the plant, which are in a straight line, and it seems to have emptied the crater.

Jun 12 18:02

Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea crater almost DOUBLES in size as eruption devastates

3D maps produced by USGS show the significant widening at Halema’uma’u crater since mid-May

The scientific agency said: “Magma in the summit magma chamber has drained over the past month due to the Lower East Rift Zone eruption, causing much of the floor and rim of Halema’uma’u to drop or collapse.

“These changes have resulted in a much deeper crater, with rubble covering the floor.”

The deepest part of the crater is now 280m, which reaches below the previous crater floor.

Jun 12 13:22

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava shoots 160ft - Kilauea on RED ALERT with VOG to spread

Jun 12 10:29

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Update: 2 New Explosions Rock Summit, Trigger Minor Quakes

Two explosions rocked Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano summit Monday, sending ash into the air and triggering at least one magnitude 5.4 earthquake.

The latest brings the total number of explosions to three in as many days. On Saturday, a small explosion on the summit triggered a magnitude 5.2 earthquake. No damage was reported from the tremor that was felt as far away as Hilo.

Officials say there's no way to know when the Kilauea Volcano will stop erupting on the Big Island, where more than 600 homes have been destroyed by lava.

On Monday, officials began letting some residents return to their homes as lava flowing into the ocean posed no new threat, the Associated Press reports. County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said staffing at the operations center would be reduced. He noted that workers could be called in if conditions worsen.

Jun 12 10:03

6-11 USGS Hawaii Overflight Footages Kilauea Volcano Eruption Drone Update and Lava Flow Map on GE

Jun 12 09:43

Hawaiian Airlines cuts daily flights to Big Island in July due to volcanic activity

Jun 12 08:31

Hawaii's largest freshwater lake EVAPORATED in under two hours after lava poured in and boiled it, as Kilauea volcano devastation continues

US Geological Survey officials said that lava from Fissure 8 poured into Green Lake on June 2.

In just 90 minutes, the molten rock had boiled away the entire lake, which was 200 feet deep at some places.

Jun 11 11:30

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Sunday Evening (June 10, 2018)

Jun 11 10:37

Live Stream - Kilauea Volcano

A live stream of the Crater at Kilauea Volcano.

Jun 11 10:31

Hawaii volcano NEW eruption: Will Kilauea erupt again? Lava flows into the sea

HAWAII’s Kilauea volcano exploded into life again on Sunday, sending ash 10,000 feet into the air - but will Kilauea’s violent eruption continue? Here are the latest updates.

Jun 11 10:31

Hawaii volcano eruption: SHOCKING aerial footage shows Kilauea's horror molten lava flow

HAWAII volcano Kilauea has destroyed hundreds of homes with shocking footage showing red-hot molten lava demolishing parts of the Lower East Rift Zone on Big Island.

Jun 09 10:01

Lava Damages Puna Geothermal Venture Power Plant

Ormat Technologies Inc. provided an update on its Puna Geothermal Venture power plant on May 30, 2018.

Due to the approaching lava, the substation of the Puna complex and an adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig burned.

Both items are expected to be covered by the company’s insurance policies.

Ormat has property and business interruption insurance policies that include insurance coverage in a combined amount of up to $100 million in the event of volcanic eruptions and earthquake.

Jun 09 08:56

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption Revealed Big Crater, Scientist Rush In To Study

Jun 08 12:21

No way to know when Hawaii eruption will end, scientists say

Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active, and there's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.

The fast-moving lava poured into the low-laying coastal Hawaii neighborhoods in just two days this week, destroying hundreds of homes.

"Lava continues to enter the ocean along a broad front in Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland area and it continues to creep north of what remains of Kapoho Beach Lots," said USGS geologist Janet Babb.

As the lava marched toward the bay, it vaporized Hawaii's largest freshwater lake, which was hundreds of feet deep in some places. The new land in Kapoho Bay is now owned by the state, but the peninsula won't look like the farmland that dominates that region of the Big Island anytime soon.

Jun 08 10:56

Unbelievable image of Wai a Pele at Pu?u Kapoho

#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano: No words for this

Jun 08 09:41

News Alert: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Has Likely Now Destroyed 600 Houses (TTM)

Jun 08 09:35

30 Days Of Terror! Eyewitness To History! Hawaii Documentary! 2018

Jun 08 09:33

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Thursday Afternoon (June 7, 2018)

Jun 08 08:58

Hawaii Volcano Alert: US Air Force Called in to Bomb and Stop Lava Flow?

Volcano bombing was first attempted in December 1935 when the US AIr Force dropped two 600lb bombs on a lava channel on Huawei’s Mount Loa to divert the flow heading towards Hilo. via Express

Red alert warnings have been issued meaning a major volcanic eruption is imminent. Here’s what we know so far. Kilauea is the biggest and most active of the island’s five volcanoes and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Located on the southern shore of Hawaii’s “Big Island” Kilauea has been erupting consistently since 1983 after a period of being dormant.

Jun 08 05:38


We haven’t seen anything like this since Hawaii first became a state back in 1959. Kilauea began erupting on May 3rd, and it hasn’t stopped rumbling yet. In fact, authorities are telling us that Hawaii has been struck by “over 12,000 earthquakes” during the last 30 days. That is an extraordinary amount of shaking, and many are now becoming concerned that fundamental physical changes are happening to the islands. As one USGS official has noted, we have never seen earthquakes happen on the Big Island with this sort of frequency ever before…

While most of the earthquakes have been relatively mild at magnitude 2 or 3, the largest earthquake was a massive 6.9 magnitude tremor on May 4, along with a 5.5 magnitude quake on June 4.

Brian Shiro, a supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the island was witnessing the highest rate of quakes ever measured at the summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I have been to the Big Island numberous times, since moving to the state, and this.... is absolutely not normal there, not by a longshot.

All I know is, Mike has put my Celtic Harp down on its back for a couple of weeks, and until Kiluea stops rocking and rollingk, that is where it will stay!!