Kīlauea Update, Friday, August 24, 2018. BigRain LokuLane

Thereʻs always something…but this seems to be an especially active season. Especially active. And we manage, enjoy, cope, are grateful, and wonder at the wonder of it all.

loku
nvi. Downpour of rain; blowing of wind; to pour, of rain; to blow, as a gale; torrential. Fig., to feel deep emotion, pain, sorrow; to weep profusely; intense. Also noku. Ka ua loku, the pouring rain. Ke aloha loku i ka puʻuwai, love surging in the heart. Ke loku nei ka makani, the wind is blowing in a gale. hoʻo.loku To pour, as rain; to disturb; agitated.

The famed place, Hanalei, on Kauaʻi, and its “Ka Ua Loku Kaulana aʻo Hanalei”…a fun bouncy mele…The famous drenching rain of Hanalei. And of course in Hilo we have Ka Ua Kanilehua:

Kani-lehua
n. Name of a mistlike rain famous at Hilo. Lit., [rain that] lehua flowers drink. [An alternate interpretation is “rain that makes lehua flowers rustle.”] See ex., pāwehi. Hilo Hanakahi, i ka ua Kani-lehua (song), Hilo, [land of] chief Hanakahi and of the rain that gives drink to lehua flowers.

Hmmm…maybe the “mist” is that which rises up out of thundering waterfalls. Nooo, Bob…that “mist” is a Pua ʻohu…

pua
2. vi. To issue, appear, come forth, emerge, said especially of smoke, wind, speech, and colors, hence to smoke, blow, speak, shine. Cf. pua ahi, pua ehu, pua ʻehu, pua ʻena, pua hina, puana, puka. Pua ka uahi, the smoke rises. E pua ana ka makani, the wind rises.

ʻohu
nvs. Mist, fog, vapor, light cloud on a mountain; adorned as with leis.

And itʻs also the name of the home of a beloved niece, nephew, and their daughter, because at times like this, in drenching rains, we see the mists rise there in the uplands.

And then, of course, there is my favorite, the paka ua. Growing up in Honokaʻa: metal roof, big fat raindrops, spaced far apart, going paka, paka, paka as they hit. Then after, when skies cleared, weʻd enjoy the sight of The Mountain blanketed with snow. We called paka ua “snow rain”. “Ua” of course is “rain”.

Noodling around with the Hawaiian Dictionary. Always something interesting to muse about.

Up here at the ma uka-most reaches of Keaʻau, weʻve had 12+ inches of rain the last 36 hours. Not bad. And itʻs been interesting because the rains come in waves or bands…torrential for several minutes or more, then they rest and all is quiet, then more drenching downpours. And the winds, thankfully, have been calm. And the lights havenʻt gone out. And as is our practice, we have plenty to eat.

The lua pele is enshrouded. And Iʻm thinking that with all this rain, mayhaps the ground will be washed clean of the whitish lehu that fell during emissions accompanying the lūʻōniu, the “exploquakes”. Or the ash may be cemented by the rain, or… We shall of course see…

On Tuesday the 21st, a crew from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) walked around Kaluapele, looking for Benchmarks, those metal discs used in surveying, so the caldera can be resurveyed, documenting changes.

A Benchmark is shown above; that disc at the lower left. Those familiar with Crater Rim Drive might recognize that this place on the floor is after you leave the Halemaʻumaʻu Parking lot, driving clockwise to Jaggar and HVO, this is just before the right-hand curve (see the yellow sign?) and then the hill up and out, then past the SW Rift Zone pullout.
And the blue wedge of Maunaloa at upper right, with a small cloud of ash and rock dust blowing on the trades.

As NAP told me,

damn…the change is overwhelmingly real…not incredible!
ahhh…life…and what we “think” it is…
has mostly nothing to do
with reality

And I think he said that because “Incredible” means “impossible to believe”. And as the photo above, and the many many others weʻve seen show us, the changes are indeed real.
Hoʻopūʻiwa, but real…

And of course Puna ma kai is drenched in rains too. The photo below, from a helicopter of the lua at Fissure 8, is from Tuesday too. The many shades of red in the walls…

As far as I know, we are still in malolo, a pause. If youʻve wondered about the Tilt instruments on the deformation page, or the graphs themselves, it appears that the UWD Tilt machine at the summit may have died during our thunderstorm at noonish last Saturday. And the graph of the ERZ Tilt may show the influence of our rains. Stay tuned for more info.

The Updates from HVO reassure us that the ground is stable.

OK?

Now for some weekend browsing and reading. In January 2013, Jim Kauahikaua at HVO and Pualani Kanahele of the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation convened a two day meeting in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park to talk about Pelehonuamea. Here is a link to the resulting report. Perhaps youʻll find something of interest in its pages.

Conversing with Pelehonuamea, January 2013

Stay tuned for more, sooner rather than later.

As always, with aloha,

BobbyC
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