Editorial | Off the News Keeping a watchful eye on Pele April 25, 2018 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Recent over-the-rim lava spills at Kilauea’s summit represent the largest overflow since the vent opened up 10 years ago, and are signaling the possibility of Pele drama. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Recent over-the-rim lava spills at Kilauea’s summit represent the largest overflow since the vent opened up 10 years ago, and are signaling the possibility of Pele drama. The lava lake has overflowed twice — in fall 2016 and spring 2015, when 37 acres of the 130-acre Halemaumau Crater floor were blanketed in fresh lava. Scientists are also closely watching Puu Oo, as the crater floor recently uplifted by several yards. In spring 2014 similar activity preceded a six-month flow that threatened (but mostly spared) the Pahoa community when it sputtered out 400 yards from Pahoa Marketplace. Lahaina Bypass makes shaky debut A “bypass” is meant to get around something difficult, rather than lead to a mess, right? The hope is that the state Department of Transportation will get to that ideal as the newest phase of the Lahaina Bypass, which opened Monday with gridlock, improves in function. The official word from DOT was that travel times from the southern terminus near Olowalu to Keawe Street at the Lahaina end was 12-14 minutes northbound and 8-9 minutes southbound. Only thing: There were long waits at the southern end to get started, due to the utility work still ongoing. It might have been preferable to delay launch until that was done. Previous Story A landlord’s nightmare in Poamoho Next Story What will happen if TMT is not built on Mauna Kea?