Our Guides

Our Team

  • Cheryl Collamore

    Cheryl operates Aloha Lava Tours with her husband Scott Collamore (to the right).

    Click to see her bio below.

     

    Cheryl Collamore

  • Scott Collamore

    Scott operates Aloha Lava Tours. He also updates pokeastick.com’s blog regularly.

    Click to see his bio below.

     

    Scott Collamore

  • Sarah Beth

    Sarah is a professional tour guide living the dream on the Big Island Hawaii.

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    Sarah Beth

    Tour Guide

“The tour owner and our guide, Cheryl, was FANTASTIC! We were watching land being formed right in front of our eyes — simply breathtaking.”

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Cheryl Collamore

I have lived in Hawaii since 1982, moving from Alaska. Purchased this 21 acre parcel in 1985 (after the first lava flowed across the property taking 2 homes and a sanctuary). Thinking that it wouldn’t happen again, (by the lay of the land), we bulldozed the road back in again, and then planted 3000 coconut trees on ten acres. Well, once again the lava flowed across the property and took the road, half the acreage and 1500 of the coconut trees, along with 750 Singapore Plumeria trees. As with everybody else who lived in Kalapana, we evacuated, leaving behind only memories of what it once was.

“As with everybody else who lived in Kalapana, we evacuated, leaving behind only memories of what it once was.Spent some time on the mainland in Santa Barbara, CA. Took a vacation to the Big Island for the first time in 9 years, it just happened to be 9-11-2001. I took refuge at the farm. There was no other place to go. Looking at the trees, they were in such poor condition, it was a shame. Decided I either needed to do something with the farm, taking care of the trees – or else sell.

So it was, take care of the trees! I sold everything in California and moved back to Hawaii to live on the farm. For 8 years we hiked in and out 1 mile each way, (still no roads at the time) packing in 50 lb. bags of fertilizer, building supplies, food and whatever else that was needed to live totally off the grid. Then, I met Scotty and we started “Aloha Lava Tours” and began giving our guests the opportunity of a lifetime to get close enough to the lava to melt your shoes! Lol

Big Mahalo Plenty, Cheryl


“Scott and Cheryl were humorous and professional, telling stories and sharing facts about eruptions and how it affected the land, themselves and their neighbors.”

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Scott Collamore

Hiking and hunting in the back country of the Colorado Rocky Mountain’s consumed any free time I had in my younger day’s. I worked for Teller County parks and recreation where we designed and created hiking trials along the lower slopes of the Pikes Peak region and within the surrounding area’s of the gold mining town of Cripple Creek Colorado. In the outdoors I seem to find the time to reflect on the positive attributes of life and not so much the negative ones.“In the outdoors I seem to find the time to reflect on the positive attributes of life and not so much on the negative ones.After years of enjoying the cool Mountain ranges, the opportunity to work in Hawaii on a project came about and I took it. The engineering company placed me in Hilo Hawaii on a two year project, which turned out to about four years. One day while working in Hilo I met a sweet and nice looking lady named Cheryl and we hit off, she showed me her beautiful 20 acre farm next to the active lava flows where we hiked into it for many year after since the roads had been destroyed by lava flows from 1989.One night at our farm around the campfire we decided that with Cheryl’s years of lava knowledge and my hiking experience it must be our fate to start Aloha Lava Tours. Now we hike at least 4 times a week, stay in good shape and I still head back in the fall to get time up in the mountains.Mahalo, Scott


“Our guide was Sarah – experienced hiker and a cheerful leader.”

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Sarah Beth

Aloha Friends,My name is Sarah Beth from the Pac NW and I have been living here on the beautiful Big Island since December 2012. That is a near record for me as I suffer from a serious case of globe-trotting wanderlust…it is the artwork of Madame Pele, outrigger canoe racing, plumerias, and attractive Hawaiian men that keep me here!During my college days I was fortunate enough to turn a lifelong passion for outdoorsy things into a degree of Tourism and Outdoor Leadership. From walking across the stage at graduation to hiking over the lava fields, guiding for this company has been great times. The only looking back I do is to check that there is a big smile on your face!!Now let’s get this adventure started! Sarah


“excellent tour guides and very knowledgeable about the current flow and the lava we hiked over. What a great memory, and something to scratch off my bucket list!”

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Jerry Craven

Aloha,

I’m Jerry I’ve been living on the Big Island for 27 years, came over on a vacation and absolutely fell in love with the islands. I enjoy the outdoors and surfing. Hiking allows me to meet people from all around the world as well as staying in good shape. Couldn’t ask for a better job!See you on the Lava! Jerry