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Slow recovery from Kilauea devastation underway, but sadness lingers

  • Video by Diane S. W. Lee and Cindy Ellen Russell / dlee@staradvertiser.com and crussell@staradvertiser.com

    May 3 marks the one-year anniversary of the Kilauea Volcano eruption. The Star-Advertiser follows up with affected Hawaii island residents and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park officials on the slow, quiet recovery efforts.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    After lava from the Kilauea Volcano eruption destroyed Gerry and Martha Hills’ house in Kapoho last year, the couple decided to build a custom bamboo home in Hawaiian Beaches.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lava from fissure 8 flows over Pohoiki Road between Leilani Estates and Puna Geothermal Venture.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Carver Hills, 10, spun around in the living room of her grandparents’ new bamboo home in Hawaiian Beaches.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Hillses purchased the framing of their house from a Pahoa company.

  • PHOTOS COURTESY GERRY HILLS

    Gerry Hills’ Kapoho property at 144716 Malulani Circle, left, was covered with plants and trees before lava, right, destroyed and blanketed the lush vegetation.

A slow, quiet recovery from Kilauea’s devastation in 2018 is underway, but sadness lingers over property losses, a battered economy and shattered community connections. Read more

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