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Pahoa businesses still struggle while creating new attractions

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Volunteer docent Vincent Zamora shares his knowledge about the Kilauea eruption with visitors Kristin and Andy Swofford at the Pahoa Lava Zone Museum. The museum opened to offer visitors a place to learn about the eruption and has borrowed pieces from the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, which was closed due to volcanic earthquake damage.

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A pedestrian passes by shops in Pahoa town.

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Amedeo Markoff, owner of Puna Gallery and Gift Emporium, stood inside his shop last year in Puna. Markoff has been the driving force behind the Pahoa Lava Zone Museum, which opened in December.

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STAR-ADVERTISER / JULY 2018

The glow from last year’s eruption of Kilauea Volcano is seen over Pahoa town, the gateway to the eruption in Leilani Estates. Struggling businesses say revenue has been down since the eruption.