Informational videos of Puna lava flow

Ken Hon, UH Hilo professor of geology, and his wife Cheryl Gansecki, a volcano videographer, have teamed up using their specialized skills to produce informational materials for the Puna community experiencing the current lava flow.

Ken Hon
Ken Hon

Ken Hon, professor of geology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo who specializes in the mechanics of pahoehoe lava, and his wife Cheryl Gansecki, a UH Hilo volcanology/geology lecturer and volcano videographer from Volcano Video Productions, have teamed up using their specialized skills to produce informational materials about the current lava flow in Puna. Virtually all of the footage from the ground currently seen on the news since the lava crossed Apa‘a Street on Oct. 25, 2014, has been filmed by Hon and Gansecki.

Gansecki
Cheryl Gansecki

(For current information about the lava flow, visit the County Civil Defense website and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.)

At the top are two informational videos that will remain “sticky” at the top here. Scroll further down the page for new footage as the flow progresses. Video materials belong to Volcano Video Productions.

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS ON THE NATURE AND HAZARDS OF LAVA FLOWS


“Pahoehoe Lava Flows in Lower Puna: Hazards.” Published on Oct 27, 2014. This video shows the principal hazards residents will face as lava flows move through Puna. This video was produced by Cheryl Gansecki of Volcano Video Productions in cooperation with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. Narrated by UH Hilo Professor of Geology Ken Hon.

 


“Pahoehoe Lava Flows in Lower Puna: What to Expect.” Published on Oct 27, 2014. This video was produced by Cheryl Gansecki of Volcano Video Productions in cooperation with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense to show residents how pahoehoe lava flows work. Narrated by UH Hilo Professor of Geology Ken Hon.

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VIDEOS OF THE CURRENT FLOW (most recent at top of list)


“Jan. 7 Lava Flow Activity.” Published on Jan. 8, 2015. Lava flows in the forest above Pāhoa town in Hawai‘i from upslope breakouts. Shot January 7, 2015 in 4K by Ken Hon, Volcano Video Productions. No narrative.

 


“Lava on Fire Road.” Published on Dec. 28, 2014. Activity from today, Dec 28, 2014. The lava was crossing the fire break road in the forest about a half mile above the Pāhoa Marketplace in Pāhoa, Hawai‘i. No narrative.

 


“Eruption Update.” Published on Dec. 16, 2014. This video was made to show at the Pāhoa Transfer Station for schoolchildren visiting to see the new lava flows. It gives a brief history of what happened up through November 2014.

 


“Inflation Timelapse 1.” Published on Dec. 16, 2014. Excerpt from “Lava Flows and Lava Tubes” a video by Volcano Video Productions, showing inflation of pahoehoe lava. Copyrighted. No narrative.

 


“Eruption activity.” Published on Nov 21, 2014. All’s quiet on the lava front at the transfer station, though very steamy on a rainy day like today. Upslope, however, a LOT of lava on the ground (from the air). Much forest is being engulfed — thus all the spots of flame as well as lava streams. Footage of Nov. 21, 2014. No narrative.