Not too long ago, Kapoho Bay was a picturesque vacation destination for many.
"It's incredibly saddening", Jason Hills, who makes a yearly visit, told the station. "The anxiety lies in what happens next".
PAHOA, Hawaii-A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday. To the north, lava has covered all but a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots.
Governor David Ige signed a second supplemental emergency proclamation on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that gives the county more options for shelters and sets criminal penalties for violating emergency rules, such as failing to evacuate and interfering with emergency workers. The rest were consumed weeks earlier in the larger Leilani Estates subdivision several miles to the west, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3.
Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the Kapoho area of the Big Island on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, with Paradise Helicopters.
Janet Snyder said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.
"It's a slow-moving flood".
The number is sure to grow because assessments aren't finished, Magno said. A final account confirms that the home is indeed gone.
That's a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily hard to measure, the USGS said.
County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.
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All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said.
"I left a lot of things behind because I didn't want to feel as if I was abandoning my home", Rahmer said. "I've always considered myself a tenant of Pele, so this may be my eviction notice". The footage clearly shows how the lava is producing something called "laze" which is a combination of steam, toxic gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.
"Harry had a premonition this was going to happen", Snyder said.
"Right now, we don't have anything".
Highways 132 and 137 remain shut down due to lava inundation.
The location of Kapoho Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.
"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.
The lava began flowing into the lake Saturday morning around 10 a.m. Once a popular swimming hole for tourists and locals that was 200 feet deep, it has now essentially vanished. No other fissure vents were active, HVO said.
This story will be updated.