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How Kilauea Volcano forever transformed the landscape of Lower Puna

  • Video by Diane S. W. Lee / dlee@staradvertiser.com

    Lava from the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption cut off access to the Pohoiki Boat Ramp and transformed the area around it into a new black sand beach.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Kilauea eruption last year has altered the landscape on Hawaii island. Leilani Estates resident Kaonohiokalani Jeremiah sat on the trunk of an ancient ohia tree at her Leilani Estates property last month. The trees and shrubs were damaged by volcanic gas, but the native species are regenerating.

  • DIANE S. W. LEE / DLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Pohoiki Boat Ramp is surrounded by black sand in this photo taken April 16. Prior to the 2018 eruption, the area was used by fishermen and lava-viewing boat tours.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Koa Enriquez stands along the newly formed black sand beach at Isaac Hale Beach Park.

  • Ikaika Kalama:

    The Keaukaha resident said the loss of a beloved surf site has hit the community hard

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Volcanic steam emerged from the lava field in Leilani Estates on April 17.

The landscape of Lower Puna was transformed by last year’s Kilauea Volcano eruption in the lower East Rift Zone, which covered more than 13 square miles of residential, farm, industrial and natural lands in lava. Read more

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