Puna’s Lava Flows

These last few days the lava flow from Pu’u O’o Crater has gradually made its way down to Puna and the surrounding neighborhoods, such as Kahoe Homesteads. There are big decisions to be made as to what to do and how to do it. Will they evacuate people, and who? What happens if it does go down to the ocean, and destroying the roads in the process? Only time will tell.

There are many options to think about. The other way out of Puna is through the Crater Rim Drive in Volcano National Park, but this too is destroyed by lava. This is a very unique situation, and there are no definite answers to what is the right course of action. There are many things at stake and many risks involved.

In Kohala, we will be completely untouched by the lava, and probably most signs of it too. However, it is still a scary fact that many peoples lives and homes are in danger, and many of them are relations and people we have met before. It will definitely affect the whole island if the flow does continue with the path it is taking.