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Volcano Watch: Why you’ve never heard of Hilo’s Kalanakamaa gulch

Feb 7 2016 - 1:30am || Comments

In 1880-81, a lava flow from Mauna Loa came very close to entering Hilo Bay. In trying to reconstruct the timeline of this flow for a recent Volcano Awareness Month presentation, we tracked down many old place names mentioned in newspaper reports of the lava’s progress. One such name that came up repeatedly is Kalanakamaa gulch (“kahawai o Kalanakamaa”).