HVO Update – Kilauea Ocean Entry Near Kupapaʻu Point Hangs On – Lava Lake in Halemaʻumaʻu at Relatively High Level

The ocean entry east of the National Park boundary near Kupapaʻu Point remains weak, with a wispy plume, as seen in this photo looking southwest along the coast.


Photos from Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

The main entry point of the Kupapaʻu ocean entry comprises a few small streams of lava, seen here cascading into the water.


The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow continues to invade the forest line north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.


Poor weather prevented good views but made for an eerie scene.

The lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu was 35 m (115 ft) below the floor of the crater yesterday morning.


The lake is about 220 m (720 ft) long and 160 m (525 ft) wide.

A thin gas plume permitted a decent view of the south wall of the pit holding the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu.  Yesterday the lava lake was not spattering at its usual point near the left side of the lake in this view.

This wall is overhung by up to 15 m.

This wall is overhung by up to 15 m.

Instead, the lava lake was spattering at points on the west and northwest side of the lake. If the lake continues to rise, pieces of this overhang may collapse (note the cracks at lower right marking planes of weakness).

This photo shows the spattering on the lake's northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft)

This photo shows the spattering on the lake’s northwest side. The pit wall to the right overhangs the lake by about 10 m (33 ft)


19 Mile March from Pahoa to Hilo to Protect Pohoiki Begins

A three day, 19 mile march, from Pahoa to the Hawaii Electric & Light Company (HELCO) building in Hilo, began today at Pahoa High School on the Big Island.

Planned route

Planned route

The marchers were protesting planned geothermal development in East Hawaii and in particular the area around Pohoiki Beach (Isaac Hale Beach Park).

Pohoiki March
Around 10:00 in the morning folks began registering for the march and preparing themselves for the walk.


Approximately 200 folks marched from Pahoa High School to the Pahoa Shopping Center (Malama Market Intersection) where many of the folks weaned away from the rest of the walk.

Pohoiki March
By about 1:00 a group of about 50 folks had made their way to Ainaloa Boulevard about 4.5 miles into the march.

Pohoiki MarchYou can click on the pictures below to enlarge:

USS Pearl Harbor… In Pearl Harbor

Admiral Cecil Haney posted the following on Facebook this morning:

USS Pearl Harbor’s port visit to its namesake this weekend brings the ship one step closer to her San Diego home after supporting our 8th annual Pacific Partnership (PP) mission.

USS Pearl Harbor in Pearl Harbor.  US NAVY Photo

USS Pearl Harbor in Pearl Harbor. US NAVY Photo

Since May, the ship and her outstanding crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and multinational civilians/military personnel has served as the centerpiece of an important mission to improve disaster relief response in Oceania. PP’13 marked the first time that partner nations — Australia and New Zealand — took the lead of individual phases, a significant commitment milestone for future missions (For more, see http://www.cpf.navy.mil/pacific-partnership/2013/). Named after a place that reminds people of a world war, it is fitting that USS Pearl Harbor and her crew spent the last few months advancing partnerships in a multilateral mission to enhance stability, security and peace in the Pacific. Bravo Zulu!

Presentation on Micronesian Culture

Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo will be hosting a free talk presented by Micronesian cultural expert Josie Howard.  The Pacific Islander Ministry Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i and the Micronesian Cultural Awareness Program (MCAP) is sponsoring the event on Saturday, August 31 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the church’s campus on 1407 Kapi‘olani Street.  Light refreshments will be served.

micronesian CultureHoward came to Hawai‘i from Chuuk in 1988 under the Compact of Free Association Treaty between the Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S., to attend the University of Hawai‘i.  Her initial plan was to get a degree and return to her home country, but after finding both a job and a husband she has stayed on in Hawai‘i and now helps coordinate job training programs for new immigrants.  Howard, with a background in anthropology, is able to explain Micronesian thought patterns to Westerners and vice versa.  She designed the acculturation course for newcomers from Micronesia and trains service providers on how to acculturate and work with Micronesian immigrants.  She will speak on various aspects of Micronesian culture as well as the many cultural challenges Micronesian immigrants face settling into life in Hawai‘i.

The Micronesian immigrant population, the newest immigrant population in Hawai‘i, has been on the rise because of environmental changes, medical issues and poverty that necessitate that many Micronesians seek out a better life elsewhere.  In the 1990s the estimate was around 3,800.  Today the estimates are 12,000 to 13,000.

“The culture of Micronesia is becoming a vital and vibrant part of life in the Hawaiian Islands and Church of the Holy Apostles is grateful for the opportunity to share this presentation with the Hilo community,” said Reverend Moki Hino, Rector of Church of The Holy Apostles.

For more information about the presentation call Church of The Holy Apostles at (808) 935-5545.