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Cloud over Pahoa attributed to more than just vog from Kilauea

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hilo residents (L-R) Virginia Penner, Janelle Kaiser, Brooke Abrahams and visitor Haley Black viewed the glow of fissure 8 from the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The spot has become a popular place to watch the volcanic activity of Kilauea from afar.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Depictions of Pele are everywhere in Pahoa, including a mural painted on the side of Pahoa Village Museum. Residents of the town are grappling with a slower economy among other things as they try to adjust to life since the May eruption.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Black Sands evacuee John McCrary played his guitar Saturday as the glow of fissure 8 lit the sky at the Sacred Heart Church parking lot in Pahoa. The spot has become a popular place to watch the volcanic activity of Kilauea from afar.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Margaret Moylan, left, and Ophelia Kennealy got set to open up Boogie Woogie pizza shop Tuesday morning. Moylan’s family home was consumed by lava in Leilani Estates. Kennealy, who owns the shop, said business is down 70 percent.

  • CIVIL AIR PATROL / U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A morning overflight Sunday of Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone provides context for the location of the fissure 8 fountain and lava channel within the lower Puna district. The view is to the north.

Driving south from Hilo on Highway 130, it’s hard to miss the column of gray smoke billowing from what appears to be the heart of Pahoa town. Read more

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