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January 7, 2013
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VIDEO: Hawaii volcano eruption reaches 30 years

Named to "Best 30 stories of 2013" list by BIVN

NOTE: This story was produced for our TV program on Na Leo o Hawaii and uploaded to YouTube in January 2013, but it was only posted to our website in December 2013 as a part of our Best of 2013 series. HAWAII ISLAND – January is Volcano Awareness Month on Hawaii Island, and last week … Full article →

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July 26, 2012
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Royal Gardens lava helicopter tour moves forward on permit

ROYAL GARDENS, Hawaii: A helicopter tour company is continuing with the environmental approval process in order to land in the Royal Gardens¬†subdivision¬†- or what’s left of it – when conducting lava tours. This, despite the fact that the proposed landing area has already been covered with lava since the process began. When Paradise Helicopters submitted … Full article →

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March 4, 2012
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VIDEO: Jack Thompson returns to see home destroyed by lava

Jack Thompson made a solemn return to his property on Saturday evening, to see with his own eyes the devastated swath of smoldering lava rock where his home stood 24 hours earlier.

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March 3, 2012
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VIDEO: Lava claims final home in Royal Gardens

The home of “Lava” Jack Thompson, which at one time served as an off the beaten path destination for tourists looking for a one-of-a-kind encounter, has been destroyed.

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February 23, 2012

Draft EA for Lava Jack’s helicopter landing in Royal Gardens

Area has been used in the past, but requires Special Permit ROYAL GARDENS, Hawaii: The draft environmental assessment for the helicopter landing at Jack Thompson’s property in the otherwise abandoned and lava ravaged Royal Gardens subdivision is now online. Although helicopters have landed there in the past, the Hawaii County Planning Department is now requiring … Full article →

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December 13, 2011

VIDEO: Hawaii volcano Lava House news, ocean entry on eclipse

By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar [Video courtesy Lava Ocean Adventures and Ken Haller] ROYAL GARDENS, Hawaii: With the latest lava flow through the Royal Gardens, all eyes are once again on the subdivision’s last remaining resident. Jack Thompson operates the Lava House bed and breakfast from his home, which somehow still stands while the … Full article →

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December 7, 2011

VIDEO: Amazing footage of lava burning Royal Gardens, Hawaii

By David Corrigan, Leigh Hilbert, and Stephanie Salazar [Video by Liegh Hilbert, Hawaiian Lava Daily and Bo Lozoff, Lava Lover Bo] ROYAL GARDENS, Hawaii: Rushing lava from the East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano has returned to the Royal Gardens subdivision, and already the intrepid lava lovers are making the dangerous hike to witness the … Full article →

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February 3, 2010

VIDEO: Lava breakout burns road in Royal Gardens

VIDEO courtesy “Volcanochaser” This video, first posted on YouTube, shows lava coming down Alii Street on the northwest corner of the Royal Gardens subdivision. The US Geological Survey reports that surface flows from the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout vent in Kilauea Volcano have been burning forests around the abandoned subdivision this week. Aside from the activity … Full article →

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September 23, 2008

VIDEO SERIES: The changing Kilauea volcano

September 23, 2008 – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Video by David Corrigan Big Island Video News presents a special video series explaining recent changes at the active Kilauea volcano. The videos document the slide show presentation of geologist Matt Patrick during the September 23rd “After Dark in the Park” event, featuring the work of … Full article →