May 6, 2018. Day 80 Year of the Dog.
Before the Hawaii lava eruption, my two dogs love running free on our jungle hill. But then Fissure 17 erupts next door with a 300 foot lava fountain glowing orange on our house. We evacuate to a subdivision in Waimea, Big Island, where my leashed dogs walk on pavement under the rainbow. This is our second location during Hawaii lava evacuation.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “This is a Civil Defense update for Thursday May 3, 2018 at 5 PM. Department of Public Works reports steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street.” “Magnitude 6.9” “Threat to Life”
May 12, 2018. Day 86 Year of the Dog.
Evacuating from the Hawaii lava flow means several day long car journeys. We drive through police checkpoints back home, cracks on our road from the non-stop earthquakes, and miserable weather affected by the eruption. We find peace high up on the Saddle road near Mauna Kea, let our two dogs rest for sunset in the Mauna Kea Park, then drive down the Saddle in near darkness toward our temporary home in Waimea.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “Do not attempt to return to your home at this time. Evacuate immediately. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate. The area continues to be unstable with multiple volcanic eruptions happening. No one is allowed into the area.”
May 13, 2018. Day 87 Year of the Dog
Before the Hawaii lava eruption my two dogs love to watch the view from a cedar cabin on our hill. One day the Hawaiian Io Hawk comes to visit us and perches in our view. 6 weeks later, Fissure 17 lava fountain erupts and a new cinder hill grows in the same location where I photographed the Io. We evacuate with our dogs to a temporary home and their faces reflect the trauma we experience.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “Active fumes and lava spatter are occurring at this time. Continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely. Thank you for listening. Have a safe day.”
May 16, 2018. Day 90 Year of the Dog.
The Hawaii lava eruption fills me with both Fear of losing our home and Awe for the intense power of Nature. While the Ohia trees on our hill are sprouting new growth, or Liko, Fissure 17 lava fountain is building a new hill next door. 13 days into our evacuation I continue to pose my dogs for portraits to help redirect their attention away from the Lava Trauma.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “Talk to your families now about the possibility of active eruptions being a long-term event and how you might plan for these impacts.” “Condition RED • vigorous lava eruptions • toxic gas • isolated • brush fires • steam explosions • ground cracking • mandatory evacuation • disaster survivor”
May 18, 2018. Day 92 Year of the Dog.
Armageddon Day - multiple lava fissures are erupting at the same time turning the black night orange. People come from all over to view Hawaii lava from our neighbor’s balcony lanai. Residents worry that evacuating their homes will invite looters and squatters. Hawaii County sends messages asking non-residents to stay away. My two dogs feel the strain and have that evacuee stare on their faces.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time. This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass. This is not the time for sightseeing.”
May 31, 2018. Day 105 Year of the Dog.
The high speed lava river crosses our highway, and blocks access to our home on the very day we pick up a truck rental to remove our furniture. Hawaii County issues mandatory evacuation for our road. We are now completely cut off from those happy walks on our jungle hill, and my dogs know we are upset.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “Residents on Halekamahina Road need to evacuate immediately due to a fast moving lava flow. You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation. Please contact friends and relatives to make sure they’re safe.”
June 6, 2018. Day 111 Year of the Dog.
On this sad day, the Hawaii lava flow destroys Kapoho Bay, the jewel of Puna. I pose my two dogs facing the ocean from high upslope in Laupahoehoe, our third temporary location during Hawaii lava evacuation. In the 6 weeks since leaving home, we’ve driven endless miles, squeezed into cramped quarters, felt the stinging heat of lava eruption, and made the best of disorienting circumstances.
Disaster Update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. “Lava entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night. Lava flow near Highway 132 has gained speed and is now advancing rapidly. Part of the flow hit Green Lake. The ocean entry has completely filled Kapoho Bay. Vacationland is completely covered by lava.”