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Helicopter Crashes Near Hilo Airport

A helicopter landed hard in Hilo at 1:15 this afternoon at near the Hilo Airport.

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Reports coming in is that “Paradise Helicopters in Hilo suffered a hard landing @ 1:15 pm resulting in the chopper on its side.”

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

There were five people on board, but no reported injuries.

Lava Enters Royal Gardens Subdivision…Jack’s Place in Danger

Paradise Helicopters has reported the following along with posting the following picture on their facebook page.

Sorry to report that lava has entered Royal Gardens subdivision and is within a few hundred yards of Jack’s Place.


After all the times his place has been spared, over all these years, this is the closest it has been. Prayers for Jack. This shot was taken this morning is looking down the remainder of Hoku Ave. Jack’s place is behind the tress on the right not far from the corner of Hoku and Plumeria.

Lava Update at Pu’u O’o Crater Courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

LAVA UPDATE (Courtesy of Paradise Helicopters)

The lake of active lava in Pu’u O’o is spilling over the side and creating a flowing river of red. This pic was taken today Tuesday 9/20 at about 10 am on our Hawaii Experience Air Adventure.  Amazing feeling to hover over this!!

Lava Update: Pu'u O'o

Lava Update: Pu'u O'o (Tuesday 9/20/11 10:00 am)

Top 10 Adventures in 2010… Numbers 6 and 5

Continuing on with my top 10 adventures in 2010 today brings us to adventures 6 and 5.

Coming in at #6 was having the chance to get up on stage with Third Eye Blind after the Don the Beach Comber’s Mai Tai Festival and Battle of the BBQ Contest at the Royal Kona Resort.

Not only did I get to watch them rehearse during their sound check I actually went on stage for about five minutes and caught some great pictures from that perspective.

The concert was actually after the Mai Tai Festival where Oahu bartender Christian Self walked away with a $10,000 check for the best Mai Tai.

It was a great day in that earlier folks had the chance to stuff themselves at the BBQ cook-off!

I’d like to thank the folks at The Royal Kona Resort for hooking me up with the above weekend!

Coming in at #5 was getting the opportunity to go up in a helicopter with Televisions own Howard Dicus and his wife and a Hawaii News Now cameraman.

Me, Howard Dicus and wife Bernadette and the Hawaii News Now Camerman

This was an awesome trip provided by Paradise Helicopters and the Big Island Visitors Bureau where we got a 3 hour customized tour of the Big Island! We started off down the Hamakua coast and made it almost as far as Waimea.

Just one of many waterfalls and valleys we got to see.

We then headed south and when we got to the active lava flows, we flew with the doors off of the helicopter so we could totally feel the heat of the lava flows.

Pu`u `O`o Crater

This was the first time that I had ever flew on a helicopter so it was quite an experience for me.

Howard on the other hand seemed like an old pro about it and even wrote on his blog posting “Up, up and away  over the Big Island“:

Many people say they won’t ride a helicopter because it scares them, but I have got to tell you that I find helicopter tours smoother and they provide better viewing of Hawaii’s beautiful scenery.

Bernadette and I took our first helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian on Maui last year, and Thursday we toured part of the Big Island with Cal Dorn, owner of Paradise Helicopters. With us was Damon Tucker, who writes one of my favorite Hawaii-based blog…

Mahalo Howard!

I mentioned on Thursday that I got a chance to spend 3 hours in a helicopter with Hawaii News Now reporter Howard Dicus… I just wanted to personally thank him for such a nice comment!

…Bernadette and I took our first helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian on Maui last year, and Thursday we toured part of the Big Island with Cal Dorn, owner of Paradise Helicopters. With us was Damon Tucker, who writes one of my favorite Hawaii-based blogs, http://mauinotices.com

You can view the entire post here: Up, up and away over the Big Island

For those that don’t really follow the news as much as I do… this stuns me that he actually follows my blog!