Some Kalapana-area residents choose to stay until ‘mandatory’ evacuation ordered

KALAPANA — The postman doesn’t come around here anymore and neither do the garbage trucks. For those who live from Opihikao to Kalapana and have chosen to stay, isolation due to the ongoing lower Puna eruption remains a possibility if lava severs Highway 130, already compromised by steaming ground cracks. But it’s also one that is slowly becoming reality through the loss of services and many of their neighbors who have left for safer ground or cleaner air.