Year in Review: 2018 forever shaped Hawaii Island

  • A mailbox and newspaper delivery bin are the only things left standing amongst the fallen trees and lava near fissure 8 at Nohea Street in Leilani Estates on June 20. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/crussell@staradvertiser.com)

  • Lava that flowed down a driveway stops short of destroying a home inside Leilani Estates, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Lava from Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes and overtook two oceanfront communities this past summer. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
  • Fissure 8 continued to pump lava and steam near Nohea Street in Leilani Estates on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • A resident gate remained intact amongst the fallen trees and steaming lava field near fissure 8 at Nohea Street in Leilani Estates on Wednesday, June 20. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • Fissure 8 continued to pump lava and steam near Nohea Street in Leilani Estates on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • Fissure 8 continues to feed a river of lava on July 19 in Leilani Estates. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • Kumu Pattye Kealohalani Wright (second from left) and wahine from Na Puakea O Ko’olaupoko viewed a river of lava from the intersection of Pomaikai St. and Leilani Ave. in Leilani Estates on Sunday, June 17. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • In this Monday, July 16, photo provided by Nathan Kam, a glow from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano is seen over Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava - a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. (Nathan Kam via AP)
  • The business space where Roy’s Thai Food was is now for rent in downtown Pahoa. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • This photo compilation shows Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay from the scenic lookout on Kamehameha III Road amid heavy vog on May 29 (top) and in September amid better air quality. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The retraction of a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, file)

  • Gov. David Ige, along with the State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, and Brig. Gen. (RET) Bruce Oliveira, the internal investigating officer of the ballistic missile false alarm incident, release the internal incident investigation report of missile alert. (Photo by Craig T. Kojima)
  • Council chambers in Hilo was packed with testifiers as almost people sign up to testify islandwide on a bill that would limit vacation rentals. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)
  • Public testimony is given before the county council panel regarding Bill 108, known as the vacation rental bill at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A blessing at the dedication of phase 2 of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening project. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

  • Officer Bronson Kaliloa.

KAILUA-KONA — We watched the island burn and said goodbye to an officer felled in the line of duty.