Hawaii vacation news: Oahu and Maui holiday guides released + Volcanoes go on a pause

* The following holiday guides are now ready for use. We’ll be adding to them and filling in some placeholders through both holidays. Any addition or revision will be marked with the date of addition/revision in gray text.

* The magnificent Mauna Loa eruption has dwindled down considerably. Per the most recent, December 12th, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report,

“The Northeast Rift Zone eruption of Mauna Loa may still be active at the fissure 3 (F3) vent but all 2022 lava flows appear to be inactive.

“As of 7:00 a.m. today, December 12, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory overflight found only residual incandescence and no lava movement in the F3 vent; as they were leaving the field crew heard small explosions accompanied by sprays of spatter from the west end of the fissure 3 (F3) vent. The channels below the vent appear drained of lava and no longer feed the main flow front.

“The inactive main flow front remains stalled about 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) when last measured the morning of December 10.  The inactive main flow front still glows at a few spots at night and may inch northward very slowly as it continues to settle.”

* In addition to Mauna Loa dwindling down, Kilauea has also taken a rest in the last couple of days. The summit eruption at Halema’uma’u crater has paused. Eruptions at Halema’uma’u have been fairly active off and on with some pauses since 2008. The most recent eruption started September 29, 2021This link leads to the most recent observatory report for Kilauea.

* What a contrast to have two Hawaii (Big) Island volcanoes putting on dramatic shows only to pause at the same time. As much as scientists know and study volcanoes, their unpredictability still surprises us.

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