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Pause in lava flow a wonderful gift

While many people were happily picking up their pit-roasted turkeys from communal imu fundraisers at Thanksgiving, a lot of Pahoa families were feeling grateful that they could keep their distance from subterranean heat for the holiday.

Anything can happen in the next days or weeks, of course. But whether the lull in the creeping volcanic eruption can be credited to Madame Pele or just the ungovernable facts of geology, we hope the powers that be keep it up. It would be nice for that corner of Hawaii island to enjoy a quiet Christmas as well.

Skate park finally becomes reality

It was quite the allegory: Watching the daredevil skateboarders negotiate the treacherous course at the new Banzai Rock Skate Park recalled the many years it took to finally bring the Pupukea facility to fruition.

The twists and turns! The dips and soars!

"It’s been a long time coming, maybe 20 years’ worth of hard effort," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell at Wednesday’s dedication of the skate park.

Reports say the project was initially conceived in 1976, with construction starting in 2007 but never completed until now due to budget restrictions.

Let’s hope this is one community resource that’ll keep the wholesome thrills coming for many years.

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