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Leilani Estates evacuees say final farewell to homes

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Ken “Super Kenny” Peeler today moved out of the Leilani Estates home he had been renting for nearly seven years.
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The three-bedroom house still stands unscathed from the destructive lava flow. Some of Peeler’s friends helped him with the move.
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Leilani Estates residents who were evacuated due to the volcanic eruption were allowed into their properties to recover personal belongings today.
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Friends of Ken “Super Kenny” Peeler helped to move his belongings in view of the plume of emissions from the fissure 8 eruption.
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Most of the tall trees and plants on the property were largely defoliated from two months of exposure to noxious gases from nearby lava flows.
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The yard was strewn with shiny black nuggets of volcanic pumice that weighed little more than cotton candy and disintegrated with a crunch under foot.
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Ken “Super Kenny” Peeler and his roommate Elizabeth Kerekgyarto had brought about a dozen helpers in a U-Haul truck and five other vehicles to pack their remaining possessions.
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According to Hawaii County, the latest official tally of homes destroyed by the Kilauea eruption is 668, confirmed using real property tax records and aerial surveys.
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The number does not include three houses that were reported lost in Kapoho Beach Lots over the past three days.
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Friends of Ken “Super Kenny” Peeler helped to move his belongings.