Kalapana, Hawaii

November 20, 2013 by  

Kalapana, Hawaii, Kalapana is a town and region in the Puna District on the Island of Hawai?i in the Hawaiian Islands and can be reached either by Hawaii Route 130 from Pahoa or by Hawaii Route 137.

The area gained notoriety when the 1986 Kilauea lava flow from the Kupa?ianaha vent destroyed and partly buried most of the town, as well as Kalapana Gardens and nearby Royal Gardens subdivisions. The lava flow that destroyed Kalapana erupted from the southeast rift zone of Kilauea. Along with the destruction of Kalapana were those of the nearby town of Kaimu and Kaimu Bay, both of which now lie buried beneath more than 50 feet of lava. The lava flow also created a new coastline.

Although most access to the town has been cut off, a few people still live there, but mostly need to get in and out by 4-wheel drive vehicles.

In July 2010, lava from Kilauea continued into the Kalapana region destroying a home that was only 5 years old, leaving 35 homes remaining in the Kalapana Gardens Subdivision. The latest flow partly covered the 1986-1992 flow field again, while attracting thousands of visitors a day.

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