Matt Mannion has been flying helicopters for over 17 years and knows very well that when it comes to witnessing Kilauea’s magic, it’s all about perfect timing. … More Paradise Helicopters Pilot, Matt Mannion, was flying a tour over Kīlauea at the start of its most recent eruption
Hawaii Fire and Ice! Yet more snow on the peaks of Mauna Kea and the continuation of the eruption in Halemaumau. The road to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain appeared closed this morning… at least for a while. Mauna Loa also received a dusting of snow. And Pele continues to fill the enormous crater … More February 4, 2021 Hawaii Fire and Ice – (VIDEO)
Snow? In Hawaii?!? Yep… the peaks of Mauna Kea on the Big Island have received about a half a foot of the white stuff over the past couple days. Not nearly the record, which was set at 2 FEET of snowfall on Mauna Kea in 2016! Nevertheless, skiing, snowball fights and snowman building can now … More January 28, 2021 Mauna Kea/Mauna Loa Snow – (VIDEO)
Witness the largest lava lake in the world! The Volcano Goddess, Pele’s latest manifestation is a lake of hot liquid rock nearly a half mile long and over a third mile long! Its volume of 35-million cubic yards of lava absolutely boggles the mind! Take an early morning lava flight with Paradise Helicopters… complete with … More January 6, 2021 Halemaumau Lake – (VIDEO)
December 29, 2020 Halemaumau Lava Lake AerialsMahalo Paradise Helicopters!!!Pele has formed an enormous 600-foot deep lava lake in Halemaumau crater. In just over a week, she has poured 29 million cubic yards or 5 billion gallons of lava into the huge crater. Several islands of hardened, floating lava have appeared on the lake’s surface. The … More December 29, 2020 Halemaumau Lava Lake Aerials – (VIDEO)
For the first time in over two years, Kilauea Volcano is erupting… this time in Halemaumau within Kilauea Caldera, the focal point of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. These aerial views show the enormity of the eruption, and the huge plume generated by the eruption from several vents within the crater.
It’s been about two months since our last overflight, and as expected, there’s no visible eruptive activity to report. Isolated areas of the eruption zone continue to degas, but much of the vegetation downwind of the rift is coming back to life. 🙂 Access to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored, as a … More Lava Update | January 25, 2019
The County of Hawaii recently completed the restoration of vehicular access to Pohoiki for residents and landowners, and while it remains closed to the general public, the road is beautiful! Below are photos of the road, and a few other areas we visited during our overflight.
Eruptive activity continues at Kilauea’s summit, as the vent on Halema‘uma‘u’s west wall continues to discharge lava into the contained lava lake. Since this phase began on September 29th, USGS estimates the level of lava has increased 197 feet, and total erupted volume to be about 30 million cubic meters, or 7.8 billion gallons! The … More Lava Update | November 19, 2021