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Lava at Sunset, Flight Hilo to Kilauea, Jan. 2007

Flight to Kilau`ea at Sunset, Jan. 2007
Jan. 2007 was a very wet month on Hawaii's windward side. It just would not stop to rain. After a few aborted attempts we finally took off for an evening flight to better see the glow of lava in the declining light. After our takeoff we flew first north along Hamakua Coast to spot the Akaka falls. Low clouds kept our hopes low, but finally we found a break in the clouds and we were able to see these magnificent falls from above.

Afterwards we followed the shoreline from Hilo to Kilauea. Since the shoreline was on our right, I remained on the right sit in this flight. From Hilo I made my so far only takeoff from the right sit.

We saw some nice lava flow. However the summit of Pu'u O'o Vent, the current center of eruption, was shrouded in clouds, and so we never saw it from above. We returned to the shoreline to see some spectacular glow at dusk and returned to Hilo in the dark.

C4110 At HTO
C4110 At HTO
C4113 Lava on a Stick
C4113 Lava on a Stick
N1603 Our pilot
N1603 Our pilot
N1606 Around Hilo, Hamakua Coast
N1606 Around Hilo, Hamakua Coast
C4139 Akaka Falls
C4139 Akaka Falls
N1610 Akaka Falls
N1610 Akaka Falls
C4143 Hamakua Coast
C4143 Hamakua Coast
N1613 Joy of flying
N1613 Joy of flying
N1614 Hamakua Coast
N1614 Hamakua Coast
N1615 Hamakua Coast
N1615 Hamakua Coast
C4145 Hilo
C4145 Hilo
N1618 Our Hotel in Hilo
N1618 Our Hotel in Hilo
N1619 Peninsula around Banyan Drive and Coconut Island
N1619 Peninsula around Banyan Drive and Coconut Island
C4149 On the left Reeds Bay and Harbor
C4149 On the left Reeds Bay and Harbor
C4152 Hilo Airport and Harbor
C4152 Hilo Airport and Harbor
C4154 Hilo is the main Harbor on Hawaii
C4154 Hilo is the main Harbor on Hawaii
n1625 Puna District
n1625 Puna District
C4157 Weather behind us...
C4157 Weather behind us...
N1630 Puna
N1630 Puna
N1632 Puna
N1632 Puna
N1634 Puna
N1634 Puna
N1641 Around Cape Kumukahi
N1641 Around Cape Kumukahi
N1644 Lower Puna
N1644 Lower Puna
N1647  Lava and Sunset
N1647 Lava and Sunset
N1651 Puna District
N1651 Puna District
N1655 At the mercy of Pele...
N1655 At the mercy of Pele...
N1656 New Homes Project, Really?
N1656 New Homes Project, Really?
N1658 New Kaimu Beach
N1658 New Kaimu Beach
C4180 Arriving at Kilauea
C4180 Arriving at Kilauea
N1659 We hope these are reaserch stations, not stubborn people
N1659 We hope these are reaserch stations, not stubborn people
N1668 Around forrmer Kalapana Town
N1668 Around forrmer Kalapana Town
C4182 Shooting with an open window
C4182 Shooting with an open window
N1666 Kilauea: This is it as of Jan. 2007
N1666 Kilauea: This is it as of Jan. 2007
C4187 Making new Land
C4187 Making new Land
N1671 A few tubes lead lava for miles toward Ocean
N1671 A few tubes lead lava for miles toward Ocean
N1683 Brand new land
N1683 Brand new land
C4234 Making new Land
C4234 Making new Land
N1768 The best glow as we found it
N1768 The "best glow" as we found it
N1702 End of the Chain of Craters Road
N1702 End of the "Chain of Craters Road"
N1718 Collapsed peninsula
N1718 Collapsed peninsula
N1722 Glowing spot and Black Sand Beach you cannot be on
N1722 Glowing spot and Black Sand Beach you cannot be on
N1743 Opening to a lava tube
N1743 Opening to a lava tube
C4261 Climb out to 5000'
C4261 Climb out to 5000'
N1776 People walking lava fields
N1776 People walking lava fields
N1791 Slopes of Pu'u O'o, hundreds of red spots
N1791 Slopes of Pu'u O'o, hundreds of red spots
N1807 Vast Kau Desert
N1807 Vast Kau Desert
N1820 Marginal VFR
N1820 Marginal VFR
N1816 Distant Mauna Loa
N1816 Distant Mauna Loa
C4280 Distant Mauna Kea
C4280 Distant Mauna Kea
C4285 Where is the vent?
C4285 Where is the vent?
N1817 Less sun light, more lava glow
N1817 Less sun light, more lava glow
N1832 Along slopes of Pu'u O'o
N1832 Along slopes of Pu'u O'o
N1839 Back to shoreline, spot Coast Guard chopper
N1839 Back to shoreline, spot Coast Guard chopper
N1844 Glow at dusk
N1844 Glow at dusk
N1879 Our night landing in Hilo
N1879 Our night landing in Hilo