The lava from the eruption that has devastated Puna...including Leilani Estates, Kapoho, Green Lake, the Champaign Pool, the Tide Pools...continues as a furious pace. There were new breakouts today that threaten more of the coastline. Although the Kona side of the island is unaffected (except for some air quality issues), things are not normal at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana (although they re-opened the road to Kalapana recently...complete with heavy metal covers over the road cracks) and the rest of Puna. The big warm pool on the Red Road is still standing...but you can not get to it...much of the Red Road is under new lava. The launch for Lava Ocean Tours is now in Hilo Harbor...since it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get to the Pohoiki launch ramp from Pahoa. Pahoa town is open for business. The Halema'uma' crater continues to fall in on itself and the National Park is closed so you can not get in to see it. It is very difficult to get into the active lava area...about 100 people arrested thus far as they tried to get a close up view. You can see the glow from half way up Mauna Kea Access Road, from parts of the Saddle Road, easily from anywhere near Pahoa...lights up the whole sky. Just can't easily see the flowing lava...EXCEPT by helicopter or boat...and those are currently great views. No way to hike out to it like we did prior to this eruption...those old flows...like the 61G...have ceased and morphed into the current fissure eruption. To the best of my knowledge, there is no visible lava in either of the two big craters, none on the pali, none on the coastal plain...except in the Puna area. And should you foolishly sneak into the Puna eruption area, take this as a proper warning...I was in there helping a friend evacuate his homes and boat yard...we decided to check out how close the lava was getting to the property in the middle of the night...had on the best of gear, including reflector vests, safety helmets and professional gas masks...and still came much closer to dying from being enveloped in gas/smoke/steam than I would care to admit. And...there is a perched lake of lava that is HUGE...should it give way and if you are downhill from it...you will be toast. One last thought...the earthquakes every two minutes or so over there and the one 5.0 or bigger each day (biggest so far was 6.9) give you an idea that things are dynamic right under your feet in Puna. Stay safe. Come see us in the gallery...we have lots of photographs of the action to share with you...and we can give you advice on what you can do to help the people of Puna. Aloha.
News from Lava Light Galleries, Inc., C.J.Kale, Don or Linda Hurzeler
July 7, 2018: Status of the Eruption
July 7, 2018: Lava Light Galleries New Website...starting it up on July 9, 2018
Welcome to the online galleries of Lava Light Galleries. We hope you enjoy it.
July 7, 2018: A Big Positive Change for The Lava Light Galleries
Thank you for being a customer of Lava Light Galleries…we consider you Ohana…our extended family.
Change has come for us at Lava Light Galleries. Nick Selway has opened the Nick Selway Gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado, leaving us behind to suffer here in Kona. We miss him and wish him well. His gallery is beautiful and we wish him every success. Thanks Nick for being such a great partner all these years.
Since Nick was one of the two owners of Lava Light Galleries, along with myself, this will bring about quite a change for us. Don and Linda Hurzeler have been investors in our galleries since we opened our second location in Waikoloa Queens Market Place some five years ago. They have also been featured photographers at both of our locations since about 2013. Don and Linda will be taking over Nick’s ownership piece of the gallery and Lava Light Galleries will continue in fine form.
Lava Light Galleries has recently added a number of new images to the Waikoloa gallery and there are more to come. This website is entirely new…and we are pretty proud of it. Along with that new website, we will be making some special offers to our Ohana customers. I think you will be surprised and pleased with what we have in the works.
And the best is yet to come at Lava Light Galleries. Thank you for your continuing support.
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