Hawaii grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears

  • This June 30, 2018 photo provided by Eileen O’Hara shows Hawaii County Council candidate Eileen O’Hara, foreground, with supporter Barbara Lively at the Hawaii Island LGBTQ Pride Parade in Hilo, Hawaii. Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers. (Tom Cumming/Friends of Eileen O’Hara via AP)

  • In this Aug. 3, 2018 photo provided by Ric Wirick, Hawaii County Council candidate Wirick waves at traffic and campaigns in Keaau, Hawaii. Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers. (Patrick Donegan/Courtesy of Ric Wirick via AP)

  • This Aug. 3, 2018 photo provided by Ric Wirick shows Hawaii County Council candidate Wirick waving at traffic and campaigning in Keaau, Hawaii. Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers. (Patrick Donegan/Courtesy of Ric Wirick via AP)

HONOLULU — As Hawaii readies for its primary elections on Saturday, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector.

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