2017 started about with a bang, as the 25 acre Kamokuna delta collapsed into the sea on New Year’s Eve, taking another 4 acres of land adjacent to the public lava viewing area as well. Stress fractures had been widening, and the HVNP and USGS had issued warnings about the likelihood of it occurring, and thankfully no one was injured or killed as a result of the catastrophic event. A couple “before & after” shots are included below. Aside from the excitement at the ocean entry, eruptive activity persists at Pu‘u ‘O‘o and its eastern flank. The lava pond within the crater continues to circulate and spatter, and the lobe to the east is creeping along with sporadic breakouts on the flow field, although volume doesn’t seem to be very high. And surprisingly, the skylights at the base of Pulama Pali still exist, radiating glow from the lava within.