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Hawaiian is philosophical about lava after years of going with the flow
Hawaiian is philosophical about lava after years of going with the flow

On an overcast Monday afternoon, Aku Hauanio is seated on a picnic table in front of his Uncle Robert's house — one of the few structures in town spared 25 years ago by Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. A red cinder trail leads from the heart of this small enclave through a plain of billowing, rock-hard pahoehoe lava to the ocean. Ferns grow in deep crevasses. Coconuts brought by visitors have sprouted and struggle to grow in the inhospitable ground. Waves crash. Hauanio remembers his verdant, pre-volcano beach town on the east end of the Island of Hawaii as "just one of the beautifulest places on the island. So beautiful it's hard to explain....

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