August 15, 1990 |
The Hasegawa General Store, a Maui Island landmark that was a must-visit for adventurous tourists, burned to the ground early Tuesday. The store had been in operation for nearly 90 years. It served both residents of this isolated community on Maui's eastern shore and tourists who braved the narrow, winding road to visit the grave of aviator Charles Lindbergh in nearby Kipahulu. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and burned out of control for more than two hours.
May 5, 1990 |
Star of the Sea Church was moved as a lava flow burned through the heart of this picturesque beach town Friday, more than seven years after Kilauea Volcano began its latest eruption. The flow picked up speed and advanced more than 200 yards overnight, but so far it has bypassed the Kalapana Store and Drive-Inn and the Kalapana Mauna Kea Congregational Church. The lava was moving behind both structures, and was beginning to rise along the Congregational church's wall that abutted a meeting hall.
April 28, 1990 |
Lava slowly flowing from Kilauea Volcano through a remote housing area on the island of Hawaii sent four more houses up in flames. Civil Defense officials put the number of homes destroyed in Kalapana Gardens since April 4 at 32, or about a quarter of the subdivision's homes. Two separate flows were joining together, and the lava surges caused Civil Defense officials to extend blockades and to warn residents of the possibility of large methane gas explosions.
April 25, 1990 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano torched two more homes in this coastal Hawaii Island community. A fiery stream of molten rock moved through the Kalapana Gardens subdivision early Tuesday and incinerated a one-story frame house, Civil Defense officials said. The lava overtook another home late Monday. The lava was flowing eastward, toward the heart of the tract, and authorities said that 120 other houses are in or near its current path.
April 5, 1990 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano incinerated two homes in this rural Hawaii Island community Wednesday and was menacing at least four others. Authorities said that many more houses could be destroyed. Residents of 59 of the 125 houses have been ordered to evacuate, and civil defense officials said those remaining should be ready to pack their belongings and get out within 72 hours.
July 3, 1987
Firefighters battled to contain a wind-whipped brush fire on Hawaii Island that destroyed six beach homes and forced several hundred people to flee--the worst of 760 wildfires that have erupted this week in seven Western states. In Hawaii, the fire that had started at the north end of the Puako area in South Kohala quickly swept to the southern end, a Hilo Fire Department spokeswoman said, gutting the six homes and damaging others.