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Volcanic Eruptions
Hawaiian school in lava's path to reopen
Hawaiian school in lava's path to reopen

Hawaii state education officials closed Keonepoko Elementary School on the Big Island last October, as lava threatened the small town of Pahoa. Students were relocated to safer schools, but not before they wrote dozens of letters beseeching Madam Pele to spare their beloved campus. They hung the notes from the school's chain-link fence with red ribbon, the volcano goddess' favorite color. Their prayers seem to have worked. Nearly two weeks ago, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory downgraded the lava alert level from "warning" to "watch." And on Monday, the state Department of Education announced that Keonepoko Elementary will reopen in the coming...