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Big Island plans reopening of beach park with lava viewing

December 1, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — People could soon have access to see the aftermath of the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island after a beach park reopens.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Big Island officials are planning to reopen the Isaac Hale Beach Park next week as well as dismantle the security checkpoint into Leilani Estates.

The end of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is now marked by fissure 8, a 60-foot (18-meter) lava cone created by the eruption.

Jay Turkovsky, board president of the Leilani Community Association, says he expects the neighborhood to be overrun by people wanting to see the fissure when the checkpoint goes down.

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim says the beach park should offer views of the lava field, and the neighborhood will likely have “residents only” signs posted.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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