We’re enjoying our return to the Kohala Coast on the Big Island for swimming, sightseeing and Hawaiian cuisine.
On the other side of the island, the cleanup from the eruption of Kilauea volcano (known as America’s most hazardous volcano) is in full swing.
“A year after lava began flowing here on May 3, 2018, in what would become Hawaii’s largest and most destructive volcano eruption in decades, thousands of residents and business owners are still struggling to put their lives back together,” according to an article last month.
The cost of the massive cleanup might reach $800 million. The lava flow has isolated homes and farms on the Big Island, an area identified as a kīpuka .
One example: About 3 miles of Highway 132, a critical road on the windward side of the Big Island, south of Hilo . “The near-term goal is to reestablish access over a temporary road to homes and farms in the kipuka along Highway 132,” according to a County website detailing the recovery.
This week lava clearing on the Highway 132 began. A small group of residents gathered to bless the project. We saw this activity on the local news last night, a rather mind-boggling project: