Saturday, June 23, 2018

Puna Eruption Update

As of now, the eruption in Puna  is ongoing with no immediate end in sight. Voluminous lava is flowing in a channel and has completely filled in Kapoho Bay. Over 600 hundred homes have been lost due to the lava flow. Explosions have been occurring at Halemaumau Crater on a daily basis. These explosions have compromised the structural integrity of Jaggar Museum  and all relics have been removed from the museum. In all probability the museum will have to be moved to another location. The National Park has been closed for the past six weeks and its reopening will not occur until well into the future.
The effect of the eruption on the Kona area largely depends on the winds. If the trades are active the Sulfur Dioxide and particulate concentrations are bearable for almost everyone. If the trades stop, then the high concentrations of those contaminants become dangerous. Consequently one has to be aware of meteorological conditions.
The end of the eruption cannot be predicted. The only encouraging sign that I see is that the time between explosions at Halemaumau has increased, so that it appears to be taking longer for pressure to build up  and cause an explosion. That, of course, says nothing about the lava flowing in Puna.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Earthquakes on the east side

As a consequence of the eruption occurring in the Puna District, earthquakes have been quite frequent on the island. In the last 24 hours there have been 269 earthquakes in the Puna District. The largest was a 6.9 earthquake which generated a very small local tsunami. On the west side of the island we felt the shaking, but by no means close to that which was experienced on the east side. As I was sitting working on the computer the chair started to shake. The shaking was no where near as intense as the 6.8 quake in 2006 which occurred on this side. But it did persist for about 30 seconds which was an indication that it was intense somewhere on the island. Services were, in fact, disrupted on the east side of the island.

As of this writing, 6 fissures in the Puna District have extruded lava. The entire Leilani Subdivision has been under mandatory evacuation.It does appear that this activity will subside soon.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Pele is on the move

After several days of almost continuous earthquake activity, an eruption has occurred on the southeastern part od Hawaii Island. Residents said for days the ground never stopped shaking. This afternoon a rift opened up in Leilani Estates which is just east of Kalapana, for those who are familiar with past eruptions. Fountaining along the rift has occurred and a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a portion of Leilani subdivision.

It has been quite a few years since a new rift has opened up in the Puna district. However, the Puna district is on the East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano and eruptions there are not unexpected. Residents live with the knowledge that eruptions are probable.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Snow in August

Yes Hawaii is in the tropics and yes we are in the dog days of August, but we also have high mountains. Usually when we have thunder storms there will be snow on Mauna Kea. That is precisely what happened.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Snow

It may be April 30, but here in the tropics we can still have snow. A late season cold front has dusted Mauna Kea with some snow.
The jet stream took a southerly track and brought a late season cold front to the islands. It is not enough to shout about, but it is more than we usually get at this time of year. I have, however, been on Mauna Kea in July throwing snowballs.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


            If you are like me , you sometimes crave a burger but don't appreciate the fast food places. Then I have a place for you that is one I hesitate to recommend. Not because it isn't that good, but because it usually is so busy that it often is a wait to get a table. If you have that craving then Annie's Island Fresh Burgers is the place to go. Take Route 11 south from Kailua-Kona to Kainaliu. It is on the south end of town in the Mango Court complex.

            Did you ever think of a burger place with a full bar? We begin dinner with Jameson's Irish Whiskey. They don't have scotch but that is a good substitute. I couldn't get that at a fast food joint. As far as the food goes they have been voted the best burger in West Hawaiʻi every year since 2011. They have appetizers. soups, and of course fantastic burgers. They also have vegetarian burgers, fish and chicken sandwiches. All coming with fries or house-made creamy coleslaw which is delicious.

            For that change of pace which many of us crave, there is no better restaurant. It is definitely worth the drive south from town.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Amici;s has moved

For those who found Amici's in Kailua-Kona, be it known they have moved to Keauhou. The food is just as good, but they are now in the old Vista Restaurant at the Kona Country Club. The name now is Amici's Vista Grille. Try it. I am sure you will like it. We ate there tonight and enjoyed the meal/

Friday, December 2, 2016

Snow has finally arrived

The snow is late this year, but it has finally arrived. While we used to get snow on Mauna Kea in late October, this year it is now the beginning of December before the snow arrived. It looks like there is enough snow for the skiers to have several days of good sport. As soon as the road to the summit is plowed, I expect to see a multitude of skiers on the mountain.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A New Restaurant in Kailua-Kona

            On the site of what used to be the Irish Publick House is Foster's Kitchen. It is on the second story of the building next to the volleyball court with an excellent view of Kailua Bay.
            We enjoyed dinner there at a very reasonable price. From my point of view the only drawback was the lack of good single malt whisky. I had a dram of Glenlivet, which is not a favorite of mine, but was the only single malt they had.
            The meal began with an appetizer of Hapa Brown Beer Cheese, which was an excellent hot, creamy beer cheese served with thinly sliced toasted pretzel bread. It was a very good combination that we both enjoyed.
            For our entree we both had the Blackened Shrimp Cheese Grits which was topped with an egg. The grits were very good and the egg added a nice touch to the dish. Five or six shrimp were ample for a very filling entree.
            We topped off the meal with some local ice cream which is always delicious. There is live music every night, albeit a little loud, but definitely local. The place was really jumping.
            While I wouldn't call the restaurant fine dining, it doesn't pretend to be. Too many restaurants act as though they are fine dining while falling flat. This, on the other, is definitely a place you want to come back to. In fact, Betty is considering bringing her monthly meeting of ladies there for dinner. It fits your pocketbook with a very good meal.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pele is putting on a show

            Once again the lava has risen in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Kilauea. While it has been close to the crater floor in the past year and a half, it has not put on a display like this since May, 2015. Not ony is the spatter visible, but lava is out on the crater floor. This is definitely worth seeing. However, you never know how long it will last.