Puna & Pahoa Area - Alive & Kicking
Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and experience the Pahoa lava flow first hand: Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast is 7 miles away from the lava flow and Pahoa. The areas in and around Pahoa and Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast are safe for residents and visitors alike. There is no danger of lava inundation here at the Bed & Breakfast and currently there are no air quality issues.
Coming to Pahoa and the Puna area is completely safe. The lava flow has stalled and break-outs are in the up-slope areas about 5 miles from the town center. All roads are open and even the 300 yard stretch within Pahoa town opened today at noon, right in time for the holidays. All businesses, including restaurants and stores are open and doing business as usual. There will be a lava viewing area.
Here are several newspaper articles from today and yesterday:
Road opening & lava viewing
Lava flow stalled:
There is currently no access to "hot" lava in the Pahoa area, accept through helicopter flights over the Pu'u O'o area and down-slope toward Pahoa. The county will open the Pahoa Transfer Station as a public viewing area. At this site visitors will be able to see how close the flow came to this Recycling Center and how long lava is still warm to the touch.
|Pahoa Transfer Station|
The Pahoa lava flow adds to the unique experience and charm of this area. It presents a historic event and visitors can be part of this. It is quite amazing to see, how Pahoa despite the looming threat is alive and kicking. Restaurants, stores, the farmers market, banks, gas stations, emergency services and other business activities are open and doing business as usual. The way the community deals with this imminent situation is an experience of resilience and hope, - something we can all learn from and an important message for all of us to take home. The Puna area is the perfect place to also experience the intensity and prominence of Hawaiian culture and its Aloha Spirit – it is real and authentic.
The beauty and charm of this area, including the Red Road/Hwy 137, Kalapana, historic landmarks, parks (Ahalanui, Isaac Hale, MacKenzie, Lava Tree), Kapoho Tidepools and old lava flows are unchanged and unaffected by the current flow. Instead it adds to the uniqueness…Connecting Chain-of-Crater Road with Hwy 130 will present a great benefit to the visitors to this area. This project is in process, but will happen in time. It will provide easy access for the visitors into the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from the Puna/Pahoa area.