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Lava continues to fill Kapoho Bay

07 June 2018

The official said aerial surveillance of the area showed only the northern portion of Kapoho Beach and the southernmost "sliver" of Vacationland - the latter consisting of only about half a dozen homes - were left unscathed.

That was the message Wednesday morning from Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim. County Managing Director Wil Okabe says his vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

A massive river of lava covered hundreds more homes overnight as it poured into the sea, filling all of Kapoho Bay and decimating entire neighborhoods. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too.

The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent so much lava flowing into nearby Kapoho Bay that the area is now completely filled.

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Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters that people needed to stay at least 1,000 feet back from the bay to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

They didn't expect the lava flow to head their way. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes in the Kapoho area.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home.

Ige is coming to Hilo Thursday to meet with Kim, Snyder said, and the main focus will be on fast-tracking temporary housing.

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"Destruction from the flow is just off the scale", said Ikaika Marzo, 34, a tour operator on the Big Island who has gained a large following on social media by meticulously documenting Kilauea's eruption.

Not too long ago, Kapoho Bay was a picturesque vacation destination for many. Officials had issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland were advised to leave by last Friday or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews. It was where vacationers enjoyed tide pools, snorkeling and picnics, reported CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Many island residents have lost everything.

"It's a attractive blue day, but it really seems eerie up there, lots and lots of ash covering areas near Jagger Museum and the earthquakes really make things seem very unsettled", she said.

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Lava continues to fill Kapoho Bay