Photo: “This Island is New” poem & glimpse of Fissure in Leilani Estates

This Island is new. Although we forget again & again, it does not change the fact that this island is new. Birthed from Lava coming up from the middle of the Pacific plate, it created a mountain, a seamount, until it finally burst above the waves. In our short mortal lives, it can seem ancient. But it’s only been here for less than a million years, a blink of an eye in geologic time. This Island is new.

And she’s still growing. Respect the island, honor her, and she’ll respect you. ♥️ #LuckyWeLiveHawaii

Fissure crack in Leilani Estates


Photo: Looking down to River of Lava in Leilani Estates

Looking down Leilani Avenue to the #RiverofLava that was flowing from Fissure 8 — coincidentally flowing 8 miles until it reached the sea. You can see the orange river in the distance… (This is the closest I could legally get!)

I took this photo a few weeks ago, but there have been no summit collapse events since August 2 and the advance of lava has stalled. Praying that it stays chill 🙏 #LuckyWeLiveHawaii

Looking down to River of Lava in Leilani Estates