Lava flows light up the night sky in Puna Saturday. Leilani Estates was evacuated after the first eruption on May 3. several new fissures have forced thousands of evacuations and destroyed at least 40 structures. Two two shelters have opened as well as a grassroots donation sight, Pu‘uhonua o Puna. (Tiffany DeMasters/West Hawaii Today)
Amanda Trusty with Kona Dance and Performing Arts unloads a donation of food from her truck with the assistance of Victor, a Red Cross volunteer on Saturday at the Pahoa shelter. Trusty traveled with Brittany Horn, co-owner of Pacific Coffee Research, as well as Brian Webb and Ben Willoughby to deliver food and supplies to evacuees from the Puna lava eruptions. (Photos by Tiffany DeMasters/West Hawaii Today)
Food stacked the shelves of a supply room at the Pahoa shelter on Saturday afternoon. The shelter was created for victims of the lava eruptions in Puna, which started earlier this month.
Brittany Horn, co-owner of Pacific Coffee Research and Amanda Trusty, artistic director with Kona Dance and Performing Arts, delivered food and supplies to the Pahoa shelter and the grassroots donation hub Pu‘uhonua o Puna on Saturday. The South Kona women were accompanied by Brian Webb and Ben Willoughby. (Tiffany DeMasters/West Hawaii Today)
The tent at Pu‘uhonua o Puna was filled with water, supplies, clothes and hot meal supplies on Saturday. The hub is a grassroots community effort to help neighbors affected by the lava eruptions in Puna. (Tiffany DeMasters/West Hawaii Today)
PAHOA — Driving into Pahoa Saturday afternoon, it seemed everything was business as usual. People were strolling down the street, a man was hanging a campaign sign, and others were sitting on the sidewalk, casually smoking a cigarette.