Archive for May 2018

Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates

Fissure 8 continues to pump lava fountains up to 200 feet into the air. On occasion even higher.

Posted by Ikaika Marzo on Thursday, May 31, 2018


Fast Moving Lava Flow in Leilani Estates Tonight.

Posted by Ikaika Marzo on Monday, May 28, 2018

Nice day in Volcano! No Ash fall to Date.


As of today, there has been no ash falls in Mauna Loa Estates or Volcano. We were up there today because we had a check in. My husband mowed the lawn. It was a normal day in Volcano. I have been up there every other day to check on things and it’s always been fine.

The crater still has activity going on. But the explosions have not been huge. Whatever ash there is has been blown to the southwest. This is the way it normally blows. The wind blows everything away from us and Kona usually ends up with all of the vog. We were there yesterday and it was pretty bad. Then you drive to the east side and it was nicer. Now if you go down to Pahoa 22 miles south of Volcano. It is different there because of the lava flow.

The news has sensationalized this to be bigger than it is. The residents of Pahoa (Leilani Estates) are definitely being hit hard and its devastating. So our prayers go out to them. The only road closures are in Pahoa.

All other roads and airports are open. I’m sure that by the end of next month things will have settled down and the park will be open by July.

There is still alot to see on this side of the island besides the park. There is Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Ziplines, Mokupapapa Discovery Center. The park rangers are there to give you the latest on the eruption. Plus the Lava Boat Tours are up and running again.

Things to do in Hilo

Hamakua Coastline


This is the best local island news information.


Latest Upadate from USGS:

Madame Pele Dances to the Sea



Lava continues to make it’s way down the slopes into the ocean. The beauty of the red hot lava fountains are mesmerizing to watch. With the beauty there is destruction in her path. There have been 50 structures destroyed by the flow.

This video made by Ikaika Marzo gives you a view of just how powerful and amazing this flow is.

Kahukai and Leilani

Posted by Ikaika Marzo on Tuesday, May 22, 2018



This is the latest maps from USGS showing the path of the flow. If you look at the map the current flow is similar to the 1955 flow. It follows the same line of activity.

The map below marks the area that the lava has now covered.



The roadways that are closed are highlighted in blue.

The closed areas are marked with the black lines.

The fissures are green and the active fissures are in red.

The lava flow is shown in orange.


Halemaumau is still sending plumes of steam and the occassional explosions into the skies. There were 2 today but nothing like last week Tuesday. The winds are blowing to the south sending the ash towards Kau. We have been lucky not to have had an ash fall in Maunaloa Estates or Volcano Village. The residents of Pahala, Wood Valley and Naalehu have not been so lucky. Lets all hope and pray for the people affected by the flow.


Halemaumau was Putting on a Show Today



Driving up to Volcano on Highway yesterday morning at around 10:00 am Halemaumau Crater had begun putting on a show for us. There were cars pulled off to the shoulder and people with cameras on tripods and cell phones. Taking pictures of Mother Nature. Of course, I had to stop and join the crowd. Took a few photos there then decide to drive pass the park entrance. Drove south for a few miles and found a great viewing spot on a little hill. Stood there for awhile and got some great shots until the rangers told us we had to leave. Just as I was getting into my car there was a huge grey plume raising into the sky from the crater. It was an awesome sight to see. Snapped a few more photos and left just as the rangers were coming back from the opposite direction. Telling people to leave. I decide that the Volcano Golf Course would be a great viewing spot. It’s situated a little higher then the highway. As I drove up there was at least 75 people standing on the course watching the crater put on a show. There was even the ABC news crew reporting from the Golf Course. The show went on for about 2 1/2 hours. My cell phone finally died on me, so no more pictures.

The scientists are expecting this activity to last about two and half weeks. But only Mother Nature know’s. I’m sure that there will be more activity tomorrow.

Big Island Authorities Latest On the Eruptions as of 5/ 14 3:26 PM

This is the latest news Broadcast. Includes Representative from Puna Geothermal Plant explaining the next steps they are taking to secure facility.

Latest on eruptions

#LIVE: Big Island authorities offer the latest on ongoing eruptions in lower Puna, where there's growing concern about lava crossing Highway 132.LATEST:

Posted by Hawaii News Now on Monday, May 14, 2018

Update on Kilauea Summit


Photo of Halemaumau at 5:46 PM to the right.

This morning, a steady, vigorous plume of steam and occasionally minor amounts of ash is rising from the Overlook vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. As has been observed over the past several days, occasional rockfalls into the deep vent are expected produce intermittent pulses of slightly more vigorous ash emissions. Depending on wind conditions, dustings of ash may occur in the Kilauea summit area and downwind. More energetic ash emissions are possible if explosive activity commences.

Fissure 19 Spotted Near Fissure 15 as of 8 AM this Morning

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued this update at 8:36 a.m. HST:

This morning, activity is dominated by lava fountaining, explosion of spatter more than 100 feet into the air, and an advancing lava flow from fissure 17 at the northeast end of the fissure system. As of 630 am the fissure 17 flow had traveled just under a mile roughly east-southeast parallel to the rift zone. It is turning slightly south and at this time is about one half mile south of Highway 132.

Fissure 18 that became active late yesterday is weakly active.

A fissure 19 has been spotted very near fissure 15 as of about 8 am just northeast of Pohoiki Road and north of Hinalo Street at the east end of Lanipuna Gardens. It is producing a sluggish lava flow.

Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents. Yesterday with the onset of activity at fissure 17, powerful steam jets have occurred intermittently near the west end of the fissure. These jets may be responsible for some of the loud sounds reported by residents and emergency workers.

For the most recent map showing the locations of activity, visit this USGS website.

HVO field crews are on site tracking the lava flow as conditions allow and reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area.

The location of future outbreaks could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated. Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation. Activity can change rapidly.


Kilauea Summit Update

On  (May 9, 2018), USGS volcanologists and the National Park service provided an informational meeting for those of us living in close proximity to the summit. The presentation may be viewed here:

  • The key takeaway from the meeting is that what is happening is not life-threatening

So, what is happening?

  • Following the collapse of the Pu’u O’o vent, which lead to the eruptive fissures in lower Puna, the lava lake at the summit of Kilauea in Halema’uma’u crater has steadily dropped (about 170 ft per day)
  • Lava isn’t coming up, isn’t that a good thing?
  • The picture below explains the issue. In short, if the lava lake falls below the water table, it could lead to possible steam-produced (phreatic) eruptions.


Below are key points from the presentation:

  • Assuming the current trend, the USGS projects that by the middle of May the lava lake may reach the water table.
  • At that point, it is possible that groundwater can infiltrate the column and cause steam.
  • Steam is okay, but if there is a subsequent rock fall that plugs the lava conduit then a blockage may occur, which builds pressure beneath.
  • The pressure overcomes the rockfall dam and results in an explosion that expels the blockage material – again, not talking a Mount Saint Helens where lava is being exploded outward.
  • These types of explosive eruptions are short-lived; a few minutes at a time.
  • Some large material can be ejected half a mile at most; softball rocks to small pebbles could reach the edge of the caldera rim (think Volcano House)
  • Small fine rocky particles could reach as far a Volcano Village and nearby communities.
  • Main concern is ash fall if the winds are shifted towards town (not life-threatening – mostly an irritant and nuisance).
  • Ash will not be hot, and in fact may fall wet due to condensation.
  • If prevailing winds do send a plume our way, ash deposits may be fractions of an inch.
  • The most analogous event occurred in 1924, and there were sporadic eruptions for approximately 2.5 weeks.

Visitors observing a steam-based (phreatic eruption) on May 24, 1924.

  • Finally, evacuations are not being called for because the scientists and authorities do not believe the current situation proposes an immediate threat to life or property. If that changes, Hawaii County Civil defense will notify us.

What to do if volcanic ash is falling?

  • Don’t panic – stay calm.
  • Stay indoors – shelter in place.
  • If outside, seek shelter (e.g. in a car or building).
  • Use a mask, handkerchief or cloth over your nose and mouth (we are trying to get some disposable masks put up at our house, but you may consider packing some of your own).
  • If warning is given before ashfall starts, go to the house
  • Stay indoors until the ash has settled.
  • Do not tie up phone lines with non-emergency calls.
  • Listen to your local radio for information on the eruption from Civil Defense
  • Do not wear contact as these will result in corneal abrasion.

Some additional advice.

  • Close all windows when leaving the house of if an eruptive plume occurs to avoid fine ash particles entering the home.
  • If there is ashfall in our direction, following the event, do not go outside barefoot as small bits of volcanic glass, such as Pele’s hair/tears, may be scattered on the ground.
  • Park your car in the carport if possible, or at least place the front end inside (if your vehicle is too large) in order to keep your windshield and side windows ash-free.