(BIVN) – Roads are cracking and lava fissures are destroying homes, but Mark Hauanio has not given up on Leilani Estates subdivision.
Hauanio was patroling the streets of the subdivision on Saturday, in his role as a Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch volunteer. He says he was one of the founders.
“I been on the south side [of Leilani], and that’s the baddest side,” Hauanio said. “Everything is just brown; dead. From the air, and the ground.”
The south side of Leilani has been mostly cut off by the line of fissures that opened up in the middle of the subdivision this month. “I don’t advise nobody to go in that section, anyway, unless you have a house in there. But you gotta go in with a four-wheel drive,” Hauanio said.
Perhaps now more than ever, the Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch still plays an important role. “When this [eruption] first started, it was really bad. They said there was close to 30 people coming in here and looting,” Hauanio said. “They caught maybe one or two. Right now, its kind of cooled down.”
For the people in the subdivision, Hauanio offered: “Just stay safe. If you are out and about here, especially. I know everyone wants to get in here to look at the activity going on. Which is normal. But just gotta be aware, and alert, as you go around Leilani.”