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Where Does Kapoho Stand 3 Years After Kilauea Eruption?

U.S. Geological Survey

“I’m not sure it will ever look like Kapoho did three-plus years ago before the 2018 eruption. Because it was such a transformative eruption not only in terms of the depth, but the breadth," said Lono Lyman, manager of the Kapoho Land and Development Company, and board member of the Kapoho Beach Community Association.

The tiny coastal community on the Big Island was overrun by lava from the 2018 Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone eruption three years ago this week.

Over 700 homes were lost and many more residents displaced. So where do things stand now?

The Conversation’s Russell Subiono spoke with Douglas Le, Hawaii County’s Disaster Recovery Officer to find out.

This story aired on The Conversation on June 2, 2021.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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