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Maurella Meets Pele – Going on a Lava Tour with Kristina Anapau and Lava Ocean Adventure Tours

Local “True Blood” celebrity Kristina Anapau has been back on the Big Island during this holiday season and she has been getting a chance to do more stuff on the island now that she has more then a few days on the island.

Kristina Anapau at the County of Hawaii's Magic of Christmas Celebration

The other day she had the opportunity to go check out the Gemini Astronomy Center up on top of Mauna Kea and today she got invited to go on a lava tour with Lava Ocean Adventures.

Captain Shane and Kristina

We arrived at Isaac Hale park at 5:00 this morning and signed in with Captain Shane Turpin and then we were off for our adventure.

Getting ready for the tour at Isaac Hale Park (Pohoiki)

The newspaper was correct in their statement this morning:

…”Compared to the past two nights, the flow field and ocean entry plume seemed quite inactive yesterday afternoon and overnight,” geologists wrote in their daily activity update, posted Thursday morning. “The webcams picked up no surface activity on the pali, weak, sporadic surface flows near the coast, and a weak ocean entry plume generated by lava entering the ocean at the West Ka’ili’ili lava delta within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

The lava flow may be reached by foot from the national park side, by tour helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, or by one of the tour boats that provide viewing opportunities along the coast

While the lava wasn’t pumping as much as the last time I visited… there were still at least three lava fingers entering the ocean while we were down there.

Pele meets the ocean

One thing about Pele is that you never really know how much lava is going to be flowing into the ocean until you actually get out to the site as the flows can stop and start at anytime.

Picture taken a couple of days ago from Lava Ocean Adventures Facebook page

Captain Shane mentioned that just a few days ago… there was much more lava visible then there was today.

Lava enters the ocean

Here is a video of the flow from last week:


Recorded on the south shores of the Island of Hawaii Saturday morning, December 17, 2011. Video shot from a boat without any stabilization can tend to roll around a bit … so I kept it short so you won’t get seasick :)

The volume of surface lava being sent from fissures at Pu`u O`o Crater through insulating tube systems seven miles south to the ocean changes daily, but yesterday I went by boat to witness this. For more information on how to see the lava by boat and to see some of the still images that I took there, go to my Hawaiian Lava Daily blogspot website.

I’d like to thank Captain Shane for taking us out there and providing us with a great seat at the back of the boat where we were allowed to stand up and get an even better view of things.  Mahalo Shane!

To learn more about Lava Ocean Adventure Tours or to book your own tour click here.


The Media Meets Madame Pele… Courtesy of Lava Ocean Adventure Tours

Today was the second of three days of a Big Island Visitor Bureau Adventure package for some mainland media as well as some Big Island Media folks.

Today’s trip, was an early wake up call and a visit to see Madame Pele (The Kilauea Lava Flow) from the boat “Lavakai” from the company “Lava Ocean Adventure Tours“.

We arrived at Pohoiki (Isaac Hale Park) precisely at 4:30 this morning for sign in and debriefing of what was going to take place and some of the general rules of the boat.

We got on the “Lavakai” at Pohoiki  and then they pulled the boat behind a truck to the launch ramp where they lowered us into the ocean for our adventure.

After what I thought was an exciting 20 minute ride that they warned us in advance that if you were prone to seasickness… this may not be the ride for you we finally arrived at where the lava entered the ocean.


As the sun started coming up, we started to get an even better glimpse of Madame Pele at its best.

After about an hour of boating up and down the coast where it appeared that lava was entering the ocean in about 6-7 places all at the same spot, we finally turned around and made one last pass by the spectacles and headed back home.


Of course one of the questions they always get asked, is how hot is the water.

So of course the simplest solution was to dip a bucket in and let us feel for ourselves.  It felt very hot… but not scalding hot.  Of course this was about 50 feet away from the lava and the water was considerably cooled down.

It was a great time had by all and expect some media coverage of this in the next few days.

The weather was absolutely perfect and even someone who had been on the trip three times before, mentioned this was the best viewing she had ever seen.

Mahalo BIVB and Lava Ocean Adventure Tours

You can click on the pictures below for larger images: