Kīlauea’s eruptive activity on its lower east rift zone continues, BUT fissure 8 was NOT feeding lava into the perched channel as it has been consistently doing for the past three months. While lava seemed to be contained to within the pu‘u while we circled overhead, as we were leaving the area, a small rise in the lake’s level, began slowly advancing toward the fissure’s throat. The surface of the flowing river of lava have crusted over, with glow emanating from just the cracks. A buildup of ‘a‘a in the channels downslope have created a situation not unlike a train wreck, as overflows were observed from near the bottom of the second braid, on the south side of the occupied branch, through shipwreck corner. ‘A‘a flows were pushing northward, just west of the cinder pit, and eastward toward Hwy 137 (north of 4 corners). Lava has also reoccupied the channel flowing toward Kapoho, east of Kapoho Crater. Meanwhile, the volume of lava at the coast has tapered off a bit, but still quite a number off rivulets were pouring into the sea, its flow front stretching from Ahalanui to Pohoiki. The southern margin at the water’s edge has advanced, moving ever closer to Isaac Hale Beach Park and the boat ramp, consuming Dead Trees as I type. With the amount of residual lava stored within the mass of ‘a‘a on the coastal plain, Pohoiki is still at risk, even if fissure should happen to stop completely.