Kīlauea Volcano’s lava flow last year not only destroyed hundreds of homes and farms, it damaged and caused the shutdown of a geothermal plant that supplied 25 percent of the Big Island’s power needs. Puna Geothermal Venture intends to be back in the power business again by year-end.
This compilation show features some of the top stories from the Winter Quarter of the 2018-2019 school year: –Students from Maui High School in Kahului introduce us to Maui High robotics captain John Fabella. John’s mother passed away when he was just seven years of age, and his father was deported.
TOP STORY “Shark Ambassador” Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kaua‘i introduce us to Mike Coots, a surfer and photographer from Kīlauea, Kaua‘i, who lost his leg in a shark attack. Ironically, Coots now works to protect sharks against the ravages of the shark-fin soup industry.
Thousands of Hawai‘i Island residents were uprooted in 2018 when Kīlauea erupted, sending rivers of lava through communities and into the ocean. This spike in Kīlauea’s activity transformed parts of the island into an inferno, spewing rock and causing massive destruction.
Pahoa residents Josh Ballauer, Jeremiah Lofgreen and Matt Tavares document the 2014 Kilauea lava flow that threatened their Hawai‘i Island neighborhood of Kaohe Homesteads, and how their community came together during the crisis. Why do this film? Jeremiah: We were at a friend’s house; he was really close to the lava coming down.