Thick, low cloud cover, and a bit of moisture greeted us in the skies as we began our flight, but it didn’t prevent us from reaching Pu‘u ‘O‘o and the upper flow field. We were able to sneak beneath it to witness the lava pond spattering vigorously, although gases obscured the view for a bit. Plates of the pond’s crusted surface were being sucked under as its molten contents circulated. The surface flow that originated about a mile downslope of the vent, was still quite active with numerous lobes of activity, spreading out over the flow field. A single small breakout on the coastal plain was spotted roughly 3/4 mile above the emergency access road. The Kamokuna ocean entry is beginning to create a new delta at the base of the cliff where the firehose was present since New Year’s Eve. The molten stream of lava is no longer visible, as it has crusted over to form an arch that extends down to the little delta, but multiple fingers of lava could be seen entering the sea on top of the newest black sand beach on the planet.