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DLNR Arrests Guide For Illegal Lava Tour Trespass On State Land

State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers last night arrested a tour guide involved in conducting illegal commercial tours within the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve.  The Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve has been closed by DLNR due to hazardous conditions related to ongoing volcanic activity in the area.  

Joel D. Scharer works at Ahui Tour Company.

Joel D. Scharer works at Ahiu Tour Company.

An investigation conducted by DOCARE officers resulted in their arrest of Joel D. Scharer, Jr., age 24, of Hilo.  The investigation revealed that Scharer was a tour guide who had led a tour into the closed natural area reserve.  Scharer was transported to the Hilo Police Station for booking.  He is being charged with the following:  criminal trespass in the 2nd degree which is a petty misdemeanor, and reckless endangering in the 2nd degree, prohibited entry into a Natural area reserve and illegal commercial activities within the natural area reserve, all of which are misdemeanor offenses.  

“The safety of the public remains our top priority,” said Carty S. Chang, Interim DLNR Chairperson.   “Illegal commercial tours into areas closed by volcanic activity are dangerous to both the public as well as rescue responders. Violators will face citation or arrest,” Chang added.  

To report suspected trespass or illegal commercial activity within the closed Kahaualea NAR as well as the closed Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve call DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) at 643-DLNR.

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:

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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.

 

Pahoa… We Do it Puna Style

Pahoa is a unique little town.

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

The Akebono theater is definitely one of the landmarks in town

Akebono Theater

Akebono Theater

We also have a church in town that has some interesting sites.

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

The town has lots of small shops and businesses that are all within walking distance of eachother.

The "South Side" of Town

The "South Side" of Town

If you look closely on a lot of the shops, you can get an idea of some of the problems and concerns of the residents of the area.

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Everything from health to Hawaiian things can be found in the windows of some of the shops.

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

You can find just about everything… including Lava Tours.

Lava Tours

Lava Tours

Even some of the buildings have very unique murals on them.

"The Healing Nation"

"The Healing Nation"

This one is on the side of the Thai Restaurant.

"Aloha"

"Aloha"

This one is on the back of the Pahoa Museum.

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Of course Rudedogg would shoot me (with a tattoo gun)  if I didn’t at least take a picture of his sign.

Rudedogg Tattoos

Rudedogg Tattoos

We even have a spa and massage parlor!

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

We even have lodging right in the center of town.

Island Paradise Inn

Island Paradise Inn

There are a few cute coffee shops

Sirius Coffee

Sirius Coffee

A health food store

Island Naturals Market & Deli

Island Naturals Market & Deli

And we even have a great Aquatics Center… I just wish the pool temperature was a bit warmer!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

Today only one lane was open through town for a good period of time.

One lane of traffic today

One lane of traffic today

As utility work was going on.

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

They say people do funny things in the bushes here in Pahoa.

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

But on my walk… I only found a few harmless things in the bushes.

Protector of the Bushes

Protector of the Bushes

Our town can be so cool… that one second gas will be one price

Gas View One

Gas View One

And just by walking by the place and looking at the other side of the sign… the price of gas will just instantly drop.

Gas View 2

Gas View 2

Our town is so cool… that even our cars are cool.

Sanpan?

Sanpan?

Yes folks… you see those wheels… this is a converted Mercedes.

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

So come on out to Pahoa and check things out… We do it “Puna Style”

Puna Style

Puna Style