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Hawaii County residents continue to file for building permits in highest-risk lava zones

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

One year after lava began flowing in Leilani Estates, steam is still rising from the ground in many places, but that hasn’t deterred people from seeking to build or rebuild in hazardous areas.

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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Hundreds of properties in Kapoho were inundated with lava during the 2018 eruption, and residents are pressing the county to restore road access to the area.