Eruption Express Kona-Kohala
Eruption Express Kona / Kohala Exploring Hawaii Island’s explosive side is what this tour is all about. Start with a drive to Hilo through the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and
Eruption Express Kona / Kohala
Exploring Hawaii Island’s explosive side is what this tour is all about. Start with a drive to Hilo through the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and Maunakea. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Hawaii, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Pick up supplies at the KapohoKine Adventures store before setting off for the Puna District, home to Kilauea Volcano. First stop is the former Hawaiian fishing village of Kalapana and the lava flows of 1990. Next visit MacKenzie State Recreation Area closed in 2018 by the marching 40 foot tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued through the Park to the sea. Take a walk along the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Isaac Hale Beach Park is next. Lava floes encircled this popular Park miraculously sparing the infrastructure while completely destroying everything around it. Be sure to check out the boat launch ramp, now sitting in a pond cut off from the ocean by a natural berm of new lava. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church. Moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Hawaiian-style BBQ lunch will be prepared here by your guide. Next up is the famed east Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano made infamous during the historic eruption of 2018. Visit the areas that were overrun by lava. Some residents were evacuated as volcanic vents literally opened beneath their homes and properties escaping with only what they could carry with them. Travel to the ends of the roads which formerly connected the completely devastated areas of Kapoho and lower Leilani Estates with the rest of Hawaii. There are lava molds, lava trees, still-steaming vents, sulphur banks and so much more to explore where residents formerly lived idyllic lives in paradise.
Tour is very limited and active. Guests must be prepared to walk over steep, loose, sharp and unpredictable terrain. Tour will not see red lava. Tour does not visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
6:15 Depart Kona
7:00 depart Kohala
9:00 Depart Hilo (restroom, supplies)
10:15 – 10:45 MacKenzie (stop at ocean turn out 10 min photo op)
11:00 – 11:30 Pohoiki / Isaac Hale (stop to view fissure 8 10 min photo op)
12:00 – 1:00 Painted Church BBQ lunch
1:20 – 2:25 Y-intersection, Lava Tree, Kapoho Road dead end
3:00 Return to Hilo
5:00 Return to Kohala
5:45 Return to Kona
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KapohoKine Adventures was born out of a desire to explore the natural beauty of Hawaii first-hand and then share this knowledge with our guests.