We haven't been too active on social media or our site due to the new activity flow on the Big Island. It seems that the news on the mainland has not quite got their information together and has been causing more panic than needed.
I would like to share our story of what we have experienced first hand and know the efforts being made to make this as successful as possible for all our island residents to continue all their efforts just to keep going while living on an active volcano.
Living on Hawaii Island has its rare delights, beautiful beaches and tropical forest that were all created from our volcano, and also its natural disasters caused by the same forces. While it is very rare for fiery fissures open up in roadways and residential areas, it has done just that and families are forced to flee ahead of Kilauea Volcano’s recent eruption. Our family has been reaching out and assisting with those who are being evacuated and fleeing from the path of the lava. Our families have opened their homes to displaced families, animals and livestock to assure that everything in our power is being done to lend a helping hand.
All across the islands over 80 miles from the crater, the earth was shaken during Friday's 6.9 quake, the most powerful on the island since 1975. There have been earthquakes every day all week long. Residents of Leilani Estates have seen 11 fissures open up, orange fountains of spark and spatter in their backyards and roadways. While some structures will not be harmed, the roads have been damaged or overflown and these homes will not be accessible for some time.
So far, our residents have lost 35 structures and homes, engulfed by the molten flows or fires. No one has been hurt and with the dynamics of this slow moving lava it is something that can be escaped from.
Our volcano has been erupting here since the late 70's, bring hundreds of thousands of our tourist to witness Pele in all her wonders. People come from all over, take lava boat tours, helicopter rides. Businesses flourish, new companies are formed, and our island profits from the wonders of the various flows. This time, it has included our island people and their homes. We can only have heartfelt emotions for their new beginnings and help them put the pieces back together again.
It is highly unusual to see the vents so far from Kilauea volcano, says a spokesman for the civil defense agency.
Our agency will continue forward with the efforts to provide our teen mentoring and jr leader programs this summer at the camp that children depend so much on. While our world has literally been shaken, we are not going to take a longed after camp away from children who already know what it is like to have nothing at all. We have just been delayed with other efforts, but will continue to imua