Lava viewing
Apr 13, 2008Public
Photo: The sun is just rising when we leave Pohoiki Bay (Isaac Hale Beach Park) on the Lava Kat, Capt. Shane in command.
Photo: After a 45 min. ride up the coast we arrive at the first of 4 lava entry points southwest of Kalapana. The official lava viewing area is visible at right under the trees. It is ringed by ropes, trestles, and cones.
Photo: This is the second of the lava entry sites. The first two are part of the Ki ocean entry.
Photo: This is the third, and perhaps most spectacular, features multiple streams of lava pouring into the ocean. It is part of the Waikupanaha flow.
Photo: The fourth, also part of the Waikupanaha flow, is obscured by a huge plume of steam.
Photo: We pass the 4th entry point (Waikupanaha #2)
Photo: Then we turn around and cruise back.
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Photo: The water is glassy smooth here. Cap'n Shane says it's an area of upwelling, caused by the hot lava below. However, the water is cool. It's not clear what the mechanics of this phenomenon are.
Photo: Looking back at the 3rd entry point (Waikupanaha #1)
Photo: Cap'n Shane says that the someone started building a house here before the lava reached the coast. The State made him dismantle it because it was on State land. Subsequently, lava flows cut off access, and the partially dismantled structure remains.
Photo: The boat comes closer to shore for great views of the lava at the 3rd entry point.
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Photo: This lava mostly coming out of tubes, but some appears to be from surface flows.
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Photo: The rightmost flow looks like it might be a surface flow.
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Photo: the combination of steam and waves makes for a constantly changing view
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Photo: We cruise back toward the first Ki entry point. The official lava viewing area is visible at center left.