2-16-17 Lava Ocean Entry “Fire Hose”


New video of the explosive lava flow ocean entry at Kilauea volcano Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photos will follow at a later date.

Lava Fire Hose at the Kamokuna ocean entry. 61g lava flow.

There’s been a significant lava Fire Hose coming out of the sea cliff ever since the bench/delta collapsed New Years Eve. If you’ve been reading my warnings at the end of the descriptions, you know this comes as no surprise.

Said this in my previous video;
The sea cliff blocking the view of it is ready to fall soon. Later in the video after sunrise you can see the large cracks in it that run deep into the depths of the ocean.

It did collapse.

In this video you’ll see a dozen or more people at the cliffs edge. This coast line will continue to collapse. Don’t go where they are!!

The Fire Hose is estimated to be about 90′ high and several feet round.

Stay away from this sea cliff!!!!!

The people there are lucky to be alive. Nothing brave about being out there. Nothing great to see as the steam blocks their view. That area is set to collapse at any time. Not to mention the large hot rocks flying all over that could have killed them.

This isn’t one of those times when its safe to be at an ocean entry.
Stay in the clearly marked safe zone.

Thanks for subscribing and watching. Many more videos to come.
Be patient. What I do isn’t always easy.

My usual warning.
Do not attempt to do what I do.
I have 26 years of experience and I know what I’m doing out there.
So many things can go wrong for those who don’t understand or can’t recognize the dangers of a volcanic eruption.
Stay away and watch my videos instead.

Having said my usual warning, let me add that this flow is accessible via hikes of at least 8-9 miles round trip.
Expect large crowds of people. Be sure to carry at least 3 liters of water per person.

There’s a real nice surface flow nearing the coast too.

Always use extreme caution at the sea cliffs and never walk out onto new land as it could easily collapse into the ocean taking you with it.
As the bench grows the immediate sea cliff will be vulnerable to collapse also.
I highly recommend you watching this HVNP safety video on safety at ocean entries.


Also, its best not to breath if you find yourself engulfed in the steam plume. If you think you will be in it often, be sure to wear a respirator or at the very least cover your mouth and nose with a shirt or similar when breathing.

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10-06-13 New Post Coming Soon


Just letting you know that I have a new in depth blog post coming soon.

It will be about my adventures at the lava flows, Jan – July 2013.

There are several videos to be viewed along with the new image galleries.

It was an amazing seven plus months of difficult but, enjoyable hikes.

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8-31-13 Lava Tube Hike


This is an old lava tube I have explored since 1992. There are many sections to it.

Some hide in plain sight while others are well hidden.

This small tube has some amazing features that I’m sure few have ever seen. I was almost not even going to show my images to help keep this place protected but, since I’m not revealing its exterior location I’m posting them.

The most interesting room in the tube requires some lengthy crawling through a narrow shallow connector tube. Its floor is rough A’a lava. The room has both stalagmites and stalactites. Both were formed from fluid lava dripping through the porous roof. There are also thousands of small droplets that froze in place all over the roof and even down the sides. It’s also quite colorful with differing colors of lava flows and sulfur adding a mustard yellow color.

All of the features are extremely fragile so great care had to be taken while moving about. The room was maybe 4-5 feet high at best too. After 2.5 hours I really needed to stand fully upright.

There are a few images that are the same place under different lighting to highlight particular objects.

Like most of the lava tubes I explore this one has a nasty A’a lava flow covering the floor. Even a slabby pahoehoe flow too. Throw in a few areas of collapsed interior roof and its a bit of a challenge to navigate. One nice open skylight along the way and many dead goats give it a pungent smell. The tube was very humid like always.

There’s also a nice little upper chamber on one side. Most likely somewhere deep below the floor is a larger main tube. Many times these tube systems have multiple chambers reaching various depths.

Images can be seen here. Can you find the stalagmite that looks like my left hand? For those of who haven’t met me in person, think “The Simpsons”. Comment if you think you did.

Back in the late 90’s there was one great tube left over from the original Laeapuki lava flow. It sat high on the pali within Hawaii Volcanoes Nat Park around the 2000’ elevation. This tube had many levels of chambers. Unfortunately it was buried by later flows in the area. Somewhere I have old slides of it. Someday I will find them and post the images on my website.

Its been a very busy year for me so, there might be more to come in the way of new images and blog posts. I’ve taken it easy the past month letting my feet recover. Also prepping for many upcoming adventures. Threw in several uphill bike rides to stay in shape.

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Goat Skull

Hawaii Lava Tube

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