(ABOVE VIDEO) Nanawale resident Warren Letchworth talks about neighbors moving out of the subdivision as a lava flow threatens to cut off Highway 130. Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Sherry Bracken
NANAWALE ESTATES, Hawaii – Across Highway 130, folks are dealing with the anxiety of the lava flow in different ways. Residents in the Nanawale Estates subdivision are already seeing their neighbors pack up and leave.
One homeowner is already in the process of moving… her whole house. On Sunday, crews were once again out in Nanawale preparing Hale Pua Ula for a move to Hawaiian Paradise Park. Owner Tamara Norrbom is relocating due to the threat of the June 27 lava flow. Late Monday evening, just before midnight, contractors lifted the house onto a truck and began the big move. Some of the folks helping with the move are descendants of the people who helped move Kalapana’s painted church out of the path of lava, decades ago.
There’s also a new road leading out of the Nanawale subdivision. A gate currently blocks entry onto the emergency route that connects Kehau Road to Railroad Avenue, on the north end of the subdivision off Mauna Kea Road. But these bikers were eager to check it out anyway. This is just one of the many roads under construction in Puna right now.