Okay, I know we live on an island that is made up of 5 volcanoes. Not a problem. I know Halemaumau has been churning within Kilauea for over 30 years. Not a problem. I know we have a current, slow moving lava flow a few miles from the house that has been active since June of last year. Not a big problem.
However, when a hot air vent opens up in the front yard of the house, I tend to take notice. Still not a problem.
These types of things are pretty common and should not pose any type of threat to the family. Just in case, I contacted Hawaii Volcano Observatory to let those with the knowledge take a look at it. Just in case.
While it is very, very small at the moment, it is new. And it was blowing hot air earlier today with enough force to move the leaves on the Hibiscus Tree it opened up near.
We are not concerned, just curious at this point.
My daughter, Rachel, made the two images of the tiny hot air vent while I was busy contacting HVO. The second image has an added arrow that shows a new hole that opened up today that had hot air coming from it.
Rachel also let me know, in a casual way, that while she was walking from the grass to the driveway a couple of weeks ago that the driveway was very, very warm. Like asphalt in the sun warm. It’s a dirt and cinder driveway plus it was a cloudy day. She thought it was ‘weird’ but didn’t really give it much more thought.
If you don’t hear from me for a while……
Just a short video from Volcanoes National Park and some of the family.
When you book a tour with Epic! Tours, you can also add photos and video to your tour! Cool way to capture your unique tour of the Big Island.
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Well, we dealt with the Tsunami warning like any other sane person would do, we drove down to Hilo Bay to check it out. We did not go to the bay as we did not want to get in the way of emergency crews and the like. We perched ourselves on a nice hill that has a view of the bay. Fortunately the Tsunami was very mild with no major (or really any minor) damage. What better to do after that than head on up to Kilauea Caldera and check out the lava level?
The wind was blowing very hard at the observation deck overlooking the caldera at Volcanoes National Park. Made for some difficult shooting. I think we came away with some wild shots just the same.
A little closer.