Three miles southwest of Kalapana Gardens subdivision, and the terminus of highway 130, molten lava continues to find its way through lava tubes originating from Pu`u O`o crater seven miles upslope.
Many visitors with tour guides and locals make the hike out to this world wonder each day and night; taking about 45 minutes to an hour to walk across the uneven lavascape; depending on conditions.
The volume of lava entering the ocean pulsates over the hours as magma pressures fluctuate within Kilauea volcano's reservoirs. Delivery amounts to the sea also vary with how much lava Pu`u O`o spews within its crater or down the flanks; sending the remainder downslope to the ocean. On the day of these photos the volume of molten lava was low.
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I'll update as new changes occur ~~ Aloha, Leigh
HanaHou! - the Hawaiian Airlines inflight magazine, published an article on Jack Thompson's life and challenges as the last man standing when the lava finally takes his home. This was in their August/September 2012 edition. They have a condensed version on their WEBSITE. My photos are featured. The photos used in my account of events that day
If you have some time or the interest, Kim McMillon, a host on 'Arts In The Valley' (website linked here) is also a California AM radio station that did an interview with me covering questions about my lava videography & photography, Kilauea history and of my involvement with Jack Thompson and the story of his home lost to lava. The segment is about twenty minutes long:The Interview on mp3
Hiking the active lava fields - respirator needed that day
Photo by Debra Huck
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I love sharing what is happening here on the Big Island, especially the on-going lava flow and reporting on serious changes in the weather and surf conditions. When I am on-the-ball I offer daily reports (less often during stagnant or non-event times) of these and other Big Island events.
If you would be interested in seeing my photography of molten lava, surfing and a bunch of other things I point my camera at, visit my photo galleries here: Leigh Hilbert Photography ---------
To view some of my video of the lava flows check out my YouTube website channel; KumukahiHawk
To hear radio interviews of me talking about the lava flow you can look for the titles & links along the right side of the main page.
To absorb some of the amazing lava action of the past few years just look through the BLOG ARCHIVES further down this page for the many first-hand accounts, lava photos, videos and stories,
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