Kīlauea Update, Sunday, August 26, 2018. Remarkable times…

Remarkable…”worthy of attention”…and something to remark or comment about…

And we shake our collective heads, perhaps wondering “What next?”. During the past 4 months (May to August), not necessarily in order: ʻōlaʻi: small, medium, large, extra large 2.8, 3.5, 4.6, 5.0, 5.4, 5.6, 6.9…tens of thousands of all sizes; Pelehonuamea and her pele working in Keahialaka, Halekamahina, Kapoho, Pūʻālaʻa, Malama, Waiwelawela, Pohoiki…, adding 875 acres to the shore of Hawaiʻi nei, inundating 13.7 square miles and 700+ houses with fresh ʻaʻā and pāhoehoe; newly sculpted puʻu, māwae, kīpuka, lae and kūʻono, 62 lūʻōniu and their attendant M5.3 equivalent energy-no-tsunami-generated shakings; Halemaʻumaʻu, then 280 feet deep, now ~1,500 feet deep; a new pali on the floor of Kaluapele with a face 400 feet tall; and at its base a new kaulu (ledge) many, many acres in size, falling off into the abyss of Halemaʻumaʻu; walls of the caldera decorated with evidence of numerous hāneʻe (rock falls or landslides) and with colorful new faces; and in recent days, rains and floods and bombastic torrents and more hāneʻe in Hilo Palikū, One, and Hanakahi; Hāmākua, and Puna, and more…and more and more…itʻs dizzying…

At Kawaiʻapapane, my place here at Keaʻau ma uka, I measured 26 inches of rain in the 66 hours from noon Wednesday to 6a Saturday. More or less. Good thing we can handle…

And a phrase that comes to mind, recorded by Mary Kawena Pukui, is

He aliʻi ka ʻāina, he kauā ke kanaka

The land is the chief, man is its servant

We are here at the pleasure of the elementals: pele, winds, rains, earth shakings, tsunami…and are subject to their whim. We must

be outside…pay attention noho i waho…a maliu

Observe and learn if we are to make any sense at all of all this. We must. If we continue to build where we shouldnʻt, where the elementals, if we pay attention, tell us Beware! then the consequences are on us.

And yes, I suppose I keep repeating these things, and sometimes shout, but some people…hard head… Theyʻre either stubborn, or they donʻt pay attention, and some seem incapable of accepting that they screwed up. And that The Government should pay to make things right. Please note, dear readers, that The Government, as stated previously, is Us…

Please think, mull, muse, consider… And another little thing: It seems that these days, in many minds, there is an expectation of Safety. We want to be Safe. The Government must keep us Safe. We put up with a lot so we can be Safe. Rules, laws, ordinances, codes, policies, statutes…of course some, and perhaps many of them are well-intentioned, and I am certainly not advocating anarchy or “AINOKEA: I do what I like”…no…

But when is enough enough? Airport Security Screenings, Building Codes, Food Safety Codes, when are they enough? This is when I long for the olden days, when life was, in my estimation, simpler. Got banged up while backpacking or hiking? Either dig into the first aid kit and improvise, or someone had to hike out for help. Cars had no seatbelts, people (including me) smoked in planes, sunscreen wasnʻt invented, had glass and metal, but hardly any plastic, of course no computers, cell phones or social media. OK OK OK…maybe too much coffee… You get the point. Maybe. I know of many single-wall houses, post-and-pier, with the post on a river rock. Many decades old. They survived all sorts of nature-challenges. They still stand. No building “codes” back then, just Common Sense. Common sense…what a seemingly uncommon concept these days!!!

And it might be common sense to think that after the stupefying volcanic events of May-August, that itʻll take time for things to settle. To reach whatever states are natural. The malolo, recess, still holds. I believe that weʻre still in that place of what we know, was, as we anticipate our uncertain and unknown future. Weʻll always be in that state of uncertainty, but it shouldnʻt cause us to be paralyzed. Remember, study, learn lessons, proceed.

A wonderland of steams…yes, subsurface heat remains. And Iʻve noted a newish webcam in the tower at HVO. Itʻs a thermal one. The scale is relatively low, but allows us to discern the warmer places. 30dC (white) is 86dF, while 20dC (purple) = 68dF. Kinda PeterMax-y:

And note again, there is relatively a tiny amount of SO2, sulphur dioxide, being emitted. In the range of a few hundred tons a day, rather than the several thousands of tons a day when the lava lake on the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu was active. Time to store all those SO2 monitors? Really good Volcano Watch summary, this week from HVO gas geochemists:

Volcano Watch 082318

And Iʻm thinking, hoping, etc., that the rains of Lane, combined with much-decreased fumings may result in cleanly washed airs and a return to that beloved visual, compliments of R. Alex Anderson in “Haole Hula”:

“The lovely blue of sky and the sapphire of ocean…”

Haole Hula lyrics

We are ever-optimistic…

And there will be more to read…maybe on Tuesday…

Till then, as always, with aloha,

BobbyC
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