Welina mai na heluhelu kaʻahele. Welcome back readers of my blog. Just wanted to give you an update on the events taking place on Moku o Keawe (Big Island) Hawaii. The voice of Pele.
Since the build up and collapse of the Kilauea Pu’u ‘Ō’ō vent, the lava had to go somewhere.
Unlike the 2014 eruption that spilled out over the land, the lava went underground. During the 2014 event, people could see and track the direction of the lava as it approached habitat areas. I made several blog posts about this event at that time. The community was anxious about what the county government will do to protect property from being consumed by Pele’s appetite.
This was very different. Pele was moving underground. Through a series of earthquake swarms, the direction was plotted. Somewhere in the lower Puna district an eruption was imminent. But where?
After two very large earthquakes, one 5.6 and another 6.9, Pele reveled herself. It was in Leilani Estates.
There were hundreds of smaller earthquakes before the event. Ranging from 4.0 to 2.0 in magnitude. The direction was clear, the lower eastern rift zone was Pele’s direction. So far, and thank Akua (God), no lives have been lost. We do know of at least 5 homes have been consumed by lava. There are 12 outbreaks of lava within the subdivision, and more are expected.
Evacuations, water restrictions, and limited access for the population to enter and retrieve medications, pets, and important papers.
We had attended Mayor Harry Kim’s Morning National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning on May 3rd at the Nani Mau Gardens. It was the first sunny day we had since the beginning of the new year. A welcome repose to the weeks of rain and clouds. Soon to be overshadowed by the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
I was in our local Foodland grocery store when the 6.9 quake hit. Used to be Kea’au Puna Fresh, but was bought out. I’ve never been through such a strong trembler. I’ve experienced earthquakes before, but not like this one. I had to struggle to remain standing. We lost electricity for hours. Luckily I had moved the animals out in the morning. As we were going about our daily business, we were unaware of what was approaching. I raced home to see if we had any damage to our home. Fortunately, we were blessed with Hi’iaka’s gift.
Unfortunately, cracks found in the Leilani Estates grounds were ominous sign of a approaching catastrophe. Everybody that lives here knows the risks. We certainly considered the risks of living on the slopes of an active volcano. We knew not to complain about finding lava in the living-room living here. It’s island life. There are many risks and rewards. The price of paradise.
We live in the Puna district in lava zone 3. In the graphic above, the right side, or lower eastern side of the Big Island, is the Puna district. The outbreak of lava is in zone 1. The higher the numbers, the less risk of any volcano disasters. However, there are other disasters. Hurricanes, fires, droughts, fire ants, tourists, and so many other risks. For the price of paradise, it’s worth it. Aloha.