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January 29, 2015

Think About It: Lava & Lives

As the lava literally inches along in Puna, like a modern-day slow-motion version of that "B" movie classic, "The Blob" starring Steve McQueen, it might be good to stand back and put some geographic perspective on the whole area. The Big Island is nearly seven times as large as Oahu. The Puna district alone, the current source of the lava flow, is 84% of the size of Oahu. We are talking about some big territory when we talk about even this one distinct area of the Big Island that is being affected by nature's machinations. 

A trip from Kona to Hilo is at least a 90-minute excursion, driving the legal speed limits, of course. For Oahu drivers, it's pretty hard to get in the car and drive for 90-minutes or longer to get anywhere, without traffic. Kilauea's plodding progression through structures and roads is an elongated nightmare for residents and businesses alike. Yet, there is little sense of "woe is me" on the east side of the Big Island, but more a sense of "what's next". If there is anything fortunate about this lively lava landscape, it's that the slow trek down the slopes provides warnings as it trudges along. This is no tsunami or hurricane. And the locals are reacting accordingly, which is the prudent thing to do. After all, many remember the days of Kalapana before it disappeared under Pele's output a quarter century ago.

I was on the Big Island last week, both Kona-side and in Hilo, and I talked to over 30 locals about business and other items. Not once did lava flow issues or angst pop up; not once did I sense anxiety or a desire for a pity party due to vog victimization. No, I didn't go to Puna, but I go the feeling that hey, it is what it is on Hawaii Island. So kudos to the residents there as they make the best of what is, and what is to be. Think about it…

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