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Looking back at Hawaii’s natural disasters in 2018

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Video edited by Diane S. W. Lee / dlee@staradvertiser.com
Historic flooding, lava flows and a string of storms spread destruction across the Hawaiian isles.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / SEPT. 2018

Honokohau, Maui, resident Mike Geresy sat amid debris in September when the area was inundated with a flash floodbrought on by Tropical Storm Olivia. “It’s the most rain I have ever seen here ever,” said Geresy.

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COURTESY OF AARON FEINBERG / APRIL 2018

April flooding caused extensive damage to Hanalei Pier on Kauai

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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 2018

Lava fountained in June at a fissure near Pahoa on Hawaii island wherehundreds of homes were destroyed.

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CHRISTIE WILSON / AUG. 2018

An Aug. 24 brush fire destroyed 13 homes on Native Hawaiian kuleana lands at Kauaula Valley above Puamana in Lahaina, Maui. “There’s going to be a long healing process because people lost everything,” said Native Hawaiian leader Ke‘eaumoku Kapu, whose property was threatened by the fire. “Families are recovering, rebuilding. They’re putting their lives back together.” Pictured is the damage on Aug. 27.