Kalapana Bike Rental is a business registered in Hawaii, specializing in bike rental services in the Kalapana area. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 865, Pahoa HI 96778. Our main phone is 808-927-0249. We are listed and reviewed on Yelp and Google Maps and just joined TripAdvisor.
LavaInfo.Net is a web site created by Kalapana Bike Rental to hold in one place all the daily changing, useful information for visiting the lava flow in Kalapana. We hope that over time the site will grow into a multimedia celebration of life’s renewal, what flowing lava is a visual manifestation of.
“I’ve been playing around with nature photography and video for over 40 years. In 2005 I bought some land near Kilauea’s lava flows in Kalapana and built myself a self sustainable home. I soon realized that the volcano and it’s island building lava flows would become my primary focus and bought my first digital camera. The flexibility to have the option of stills and video, in one small unit, has helped with my ability to share Kilauea’s amazing show. Living so close and within view of so much of the activity has been instrumental in documenting my experiences.
Living so close to the flows also has its down side, in 2010 the lava covered my home and land, an incredible experience to say the least. After much thought and realizing the risk, I rebuilt my home and gardens, in 2014, and continue to witness creation in progress. I hope that my photos and videos can show some of the respect and awe that I have for the ultimate power of Mother Earth.”
Lava is molten rock, up to 1,200 °C (2,192 °F) hot, the origin of all islands and continents. It forms the core of Earth. Basaltic lava, the type prominent around Kalapana, Hawaii, is high in iron and magnesium, and has relatively lower aluminum and silica content, which makes is 1000 times more viscous than water. As a result, it can flow for long distances from the vent: up to 5x as far as the average, 6 miles (10 km) long lava flow.
Historically, the five volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii were considered sacred by the Hawaiian people. In Hawaiian mythology Kīlauea’s Halemaumau Crater served as the body and home of Pele, goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. The volcanoes are the most recent evidence of the process that, over 70 million years, has created the 6,000 km (3,700 mi)-long Hawaiian island chain. Kīlauea volcano, the source of lava in Kalapana is still quite young. It is at most 600,000 years old. Its foreseeable future activity will continue for 50,000 to 100,000 years; the volcano will grow in height, build up its rift zones, and fill its summit caldera repeatedly.