Leilani residents mull how to control entry into lava-ravaged area

  • This Hawaiian Volcano Observatory comparison shows satellite images of Leilani Estates subdivision before and after Kilauea's eruption in lower Puna. The image on the right, from early September, shows that the eastern portion of the subdivision has been covered by lava. The fissure 8 lava channel runs northeast from the fissure 8 cone at the start of the channel. Note also the brown areas of dead vegetation south of the lava flow. Highway 130 runs north-south along the left side of the images.

A plan to erect a permanent gate controlling access to Leilani Estates threatens to divide subdivision residents both figuratively and literally.