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Lava and VOG and Earthquakes, Oh My!

It's been a little while since our last blog and a LOT has happened on our little Big Island.  Let's talk about the elephant in the room.

If you live here on the East Side, are familiar with the new lava and all that entails.  But if you live even on the Kona side or other islands or (definitely) the mainland, there is a lot of information that doesn't seem to transcend this immediate area and I'd like to take a minute to explain a few things.

First, as you all know, since May 3, Kilauea has been erupting from new fissures on the eastern most tip of the Big Island.  It's strange to explain to people who don't understand our shield volcano but the underground plumbing has chosen an exit point about 30 miles from the summit.  

While this event is surprising and has been destructive to established neighborhoods and communities, it's important to keep in mind that Kilauea isn't doing anything new or unusual.  The volcano has been erupting continuously for the last 35 years, it has taken a new route but the behavior is nothing new.

Second, it is vital to understand that although our hearts are with our friends, colleagues and neighbors who have lost their homes or are displaced by lava and VOG, the affected area is relatively small compared with the rest of the island.  We hear that mainland news makes it sound like the entire island is under lava and we are all running for our lives.  The truth is the area under lava is very tiny and the rest of the island is carrying on life as usual.  

And last, I want to talk story about the island spirit during this trying time.  It's hard to comprehend, but our culture has an enormous appreciation for nature and especially for Madam Pele who made this island.   As such, as sad as it is, people understand that they can only get out of her way and take care of each other.  

The Aloha Spirit here is very strong all the time but especially now.  Community members, churches, non-profits and government have all come together to help those in need.  Temporary housing is being built and everyone has enough to eat and a place to sleep.

The bottom line is this.  If you were thinking of coming for a visit, come!  We are still open for business and you are always welcome!

If you are wanting to help those displaced by the lava, please use this link to find various ways to help. 

And if you ARE displaced by lava, please know we care and are also at your service.  Please use this link to apply for financial help with your mortgage or rent.


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