Kipuka residents rejoice as PGV opens graded route over lava channel

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kipuka residents (from left) Deb Kalaluhi and Ginny Vicario hug Monday after using a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last yearճ Kilauea eruption.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kipuka residents (from left) Michael Gornik and Mark Clawson carry a sign of gratitude and positivity Monday during the opening of a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last yearճ Kilauea eruption.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kipuka residents Michael Gornik (left) and Mark Clawson (right) show their Hawaii identification cards to Hunter Binkley (center) of Jan Guard Security Monday during the opening of a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last yearճ Kilauea eruption.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald From left, Mike Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaii affairs for PGV, ipuka residents Michael Gornik and Mark Clawson talk Monday during the opening of a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last yearճ Kilauea eruption.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kipuka residents Mark Clawson drives his truck out of the kipuka Monday on a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last yearճ Kilauea eruption.

More than 30 residents of a lava-locked kipuka in lower Puna drove across the lava channel from last year’s Kilauea eruption Monday to return to their homes.