While checking on a friend’s home, we observed heavy gas and smoke throughout the lower portions of Leilani Estates near Luana Street extending southeast from Fissure 8. Slow moving pahoehoe flows at the terminus of Kahukai Street just past Luana Street remained resilient in heat, encroaching onto two properties on both sides of the street. The length of Nohea Street continued until ~25ft from the intersection of Nohea Street and Leilani Avenue with Fissure 8 perched ~500ft south from the intersection. Fissure 8 continued to fountain at variable heights ranging from 25ft-150ft with heavy gas and smoke radiating surrounding areas with gusts of heated wind ranging from 5-15mph throughout the duration of the afternoon and evening. Tephra, cinder, shiny crusted reticulite whirled weightless in heavy drafts and vortices, continuing to travel far distances up to Moku Street, three blocks uphill. Southern roads of the fissure line (intersecting Malama Street) showed recent signs of slow pahoehoe movement on Nohea, Luana, and Makamae Streets and remained stagnant and deflated throughout the night. Hookupu, Kaupili and Malama Street remained quiet and much cooler than streets closer toward Fissure 8 with no further flow growth. Roads, roofs, and gutters below on Moku Street on the southern side of the fissure line are now peppered by thin layers of cinder and reticulite. Atmospheric conditions were much more intense with a mixture hot wind, heavy gas, raining cinder, showers of acid rain, and falling burnt trees. Several lava tree molds from cooling lava left a solemn stake of vegetative history.
Due to the new decree by our government to restrict access from Pomaikai Street and all streets east, this might be the last on the ground update until further approval can be granted.
All areas that I have documented throughout this eruptive series have been through approved with legal access. Please kokua and do not attempt to trespass in areas unless official approval has been granted. The majority of my efforts are without pay and all expenses are out of pocket. The content shared is being shared without cost to our local news networks for community awareness and support. Some footage does help to pay a very small portion of my expenses.
Many areas are now inaccessible and the majority are dangerous due to volcanic hazards.
My respect and best wishes go out to the neighborhood of Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, and the areas within and between Kapoho. My heart especially goes out to all of my friends who have lost their homes in this fissure eruption. I am at a loss of words.