Photos of Land Tour of Fissure 8 in Lower Puna

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Since the eruptions stopped, no outside visitors or tourists have been allowed into Leilani Estates to view Fissure 8. The only way to view this famous location up until now has been via helicopter or boat. By boat, you're just seeing the backside of it. And neighbors, understandably, find the noise of helicopters to be disturbing. An invasion of their personal space, most likely.

Some people who witnessed the eruption from Kilauea in May said the eruptions made a sound like jet engines taking off. Now, it is mostly steam and heat emitting from the ground.

We walked most of the property, which had originally been a ravine and is now level land. Because, the owner, Pamela, had hired a guy with a bulldozer to clear most of the lot, but he had to stop when he discovered new cracks forming and opening up.

Out of the lava there grows wild orchids. Hope for the future. You can see all of the photos in my personal blog today at this link: Fissure 8 Tours at Leilani Estates in Lower Puna.

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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Really interesting post. It is rare to be able to see the power of nature up close.

Dec 23, 2018 11:37 AM #1
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Elizabeth,

What is Ms Pamela planning to do? This is definitely something to put a crimp in your development vision. Earth just did it for you. Is such a thing covered by insurance?

Dec 23, 2018 12:38 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elizabeth- While those photos are so interesting, I have to agree, it's sad to think of those who lost their homes. 

Dec 23, 2018 01:56 PM #3
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Incredible - it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the devastation. 

Dec 23, 2018 02:30 PM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Elizabeth,
Wow... very interesting.  How do you clear land of lava?  Are the people who lost their homes rebuilding or even being allowed to do so? 

Dec 23, 2018 02:57 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Dörte Engel Since Pamela's land was once a ravine, and she had no house there, I imagine she'll wait to see if she can build.

Dec 23, 2018 09:03 PM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Carol Williams Few people had adequate insurance and many thought they had lava coverage only to find out they do not. There is a lot of discussion right now as to whether they should be allowed to rebuild. Much talk about why the builders were allowed to build and sell houses there in the first place. What were they thinking? Well, we all know what they were thinking. Cheap land, put up houses, make money. Human life or suffering did not enter that thought process.

Dec 23, 2018 09:05 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Elizabeth, that would be quite interesting to see the volcano.   We tried in Costa Rica, but the low hanging clouds prohibited a view.   Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!  

Dec 24, 2018 06:43 AM #8
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