(ABOVE VIDEO) Footage and interviews from the roadblock on Pahoa Village Road at the post office recorded Wednesday evening before sundown. Video by Dave Corrigan.
On Wednesday evening, people were already waiting by the post office to witness the lava crossing Pahoa Village Road. They came from all over the island, brought their lawn chairs, and camped out next to the police road block, hoping to have a good view of the flow’s arrival. Nearby smoke could be seen above the trees.
An eclectic crowd – characteristic of Pahoa – congregated. Some came to watch. Others to offer perspective, like Martin Blackwell, a “change & rapid resolution” specialist with clinics in Hilo and Pahoa. Fresh coconuts were even being sold by the side of the doomed road.
The county is restricting access on Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a and the post office.