Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Madam Pele has been dancing up a show these last several days. There was a perched lake at Pu'u O'o that collapsed, sending lava streaming down the mountain in multiple flows.
The perched lake was very much like a above ground swimming pool. Hardened lava sides built up and the interior drained, then began filling. When the volume had sufficiently increased, it blew out a hole in the side or opened a crack and the wall came down, releasing the flow.
Views from helicopters have been amazing. Here is a link to movie clip on the usgs site. http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/update/archive/2011/Mar/Overflight_20110808b.mov
Slowly we are being discovered, mainly via the treehouse. The Today show had a clip featuring the treehouse, but didn't say where it was beyond "Hawaii". Some people did find us. MTV Cribs has filmed the treehouse and the wedding pavilion for an upcoming episode of Extreme Cribs, their new show that premiered August 1. Keola Magazine featured the treehouse in an article, and it may be seen online: http://keolamagazine.com/the-life-at-home/volcano-tree-house/
The house at Volcano where the pavilion rests has now been converted to use for the wedding parties as well as for other guests when no weddings are scheduled. This makes it convenient and easy to stage catering, and offer a place for guests to stay after the party is over and the bride and groom have gone over to the treehouse.
Our wedding packages now can include both treehouse and conventional house stays along with the weddings at the pavilion.
The orchids and anthuriums at the pavilion are looking particularly lovely this summer. The ginger came into bloom early, perfuming the forest by day. The datura adds its rich notes at dusk. Summer evenings are cool without being chilly. The firebowls add light, warmth, and the element of fire that matches the spirit of the volcano.
There is still availability for summer weddings, as well as deep fall and winter.