6-03-18 Lava Eruption Helicopter Tour


Another spectacular Paradise helicopter tour of the eruption area.

Two videos showing Kapoho mid-destruction.

Like last time my GoPro 5 was attached to the bottom of my Panasonic GH5 so, when switching to my Nikon D800 the GoPro sits to the side.

This outing the GoPro’s battery died before the tour was over but, it did catch the beautiful sunrise flight to the flow.

I concentrated on close up video and photos of the fountain at fissure 8. It was spectacular.

For the closeup footage, I used my Nikon 180mm for the stills and the Leica Lumix 100 – 400mm (200 – 800mm). If you’ve ever shot out of a moving helicopter, you know how tricky this is without a gimbal/gyro. Also, you get what the conditions allow.

In both videos be sure to watch for the huge lavafall flowing into what used to be Green Lake. It looks small in the videos but, was estimated at 50′ high. Green Lake was evaporated in 3.5 hours as the floor had a small finger sneak into Kapoho crater in a bizarre way entering the lake. Just after 16 minutes in the GoPro video and about 30 seconds into the 4K video.

Amazingly the longer video of the flight is getting all the views. People are missing out on the closeup of the fountains spattering in the 4K video. Don’t be one of those people.

Be sure and read the descriptions for each video.

Panasonic 4K video

GoPro Hero 5 Nearly entire flight video

I haven’t edited my still images so, no gallery to view yet.

Below are the links to the previous flight’s galleries.

So its easy to know which camera shot what images I loaded two separate galleries.

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter D800 (wide shots)

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter GH5 (zoomed in shots)

Both galleries start with images shot earlier that morning from Hwy 137 in Kapoho.

Remember, both galleries have multiple pages.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

The eruption is a beautiful sight to see but, tragic too.

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