(ABOVE VIDEO) Footage by Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video and the voice of Sherry Bracken documents the first day of public lava viewing on Apa’a Street.
Wednesday was the first day of public viewing at the former transfer station on Apa’a Street. This is the spot where the lava from the June 27 flow first entered Pahoa in October, covering the road and inflating before eventually stalling out. The transfer station was spared and now the facility has been re-purposed, allowing the public to finally see what had been off-limits for months.
It got off to a slow start at 8 a.m. Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video was there and captured the initial reaction from visitors. Interpreters were on hand to answer questions. Darcy Bevens from the UH Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes provided all sorts of information.
The viewing area is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, although with the new lava flow front approaching Pahoa Marketplace on the north side, it is not certain how long this opportunity will last.