Quick Update Before the Humans and Chickens Hunker Down

This will be a quick blog post, and it’s going up a couple of days ahead of time. You may recall me complaining sharing before that maintaining our satellite internet connection is challenging at the best of times. Well, we’re moving into the definitely not best of times tech-wise. After dodging Hurricane Hector a couple of weeks ago, Hawaii is now waving at Hurricane Lane. Here’s a link to a video of the storm taken yesterday by the awesome NOAA Hurricane Hunters. It’s just a rainy window until about thirty seconds in, when the sky opens above and below with Read more…

Lava Bombs: Too Crazy to be True? Not on Hawaii Island

I am such a big fat liar. This shouldn’t surprise you—after all, I am a writer. But it does occasionally surprise me. What did I say in my previous blog post? No more lava updates. Well, that’s not exactly what I said. It was more like, no more regular lava updates. And even though talking about lava in the very next post might seem like a regular update, it’s not. It’s an irregular coincidence. Pinky-swear. Whatever. It may damage my reputation for veracity, but I cannot remain silent. I have to share. Because, as some of my distant friends have Read more…

When a Lava Eruption Becomes the Same Old, Same Old

Thank you to every one who keeps asking about our safety (and that of our dogs), but this will probably be my last regular lava update. I’ll pop in from time to time if something changes, and I’ll still post the occasional picture on Facebook, but honestly we’re at the “same old, same old” stage now. My husband spends many of his working hours and a fair number of his non-paid ones dealing with the impacts of the current eruption, and he dislikes the term “new normal.” It sticks, though, probably because it’s simple and we don’t have a better Read more…

The Weekend is Upon Us, Even in Lava Land–Seize a Lizard! (That means do something.)

Not to be anticlimactic, but yes, the lava is still flowing out of Lower Puna, specifically out of Fissure 8 all the way to the sea in a lava river. The beginning of this USGS video from yesterday (June 14, 2018) shows standing waves in the lava, like a beach day in Hell. In fact, I spent way too much time this morning trying (unsuccessfully) to find my pictures of a place that no longer exists, as if Pele wiped out all digital evidence, too. Perhaps a later blog post… Sometimes it’s sunny and sometimes it’s raining, but this is Read more…

An Update on Lava and—oh yeah, Writing! With Bonus Crazy Lava Sky Pictures

We’re still here, and still breathing (sort of) in Lower Puna. I don’t want this to become the weekly lava bulletin, and I don’t want to get sucked down the rabbit hole, so I’ll keep my update relatively brief, with promises for a more in-depth post soon. (I’m also adding Lava blog post categories to the dropdown.) The lava is still flowing, often much faster. It crossed another highway, buried two wells at Puna Geothermal Venture in lava, and is threatening other residential areas, triggering additional evacuations. Seeing a couple of the huge, 40+ passenger Super Stallion military choppers flying overhead Read more…