Residents rejoice as route opens over lava channel

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald

    Kipuka residents (from left) Michael Gornik and Mark Clawson carry a sign of gratitude and positivity Monday during the opening of a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last year’s Kilauea eruption.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald

    Kipuka resident Mark Clawson drives his truck out of the kipuka Monday on a road graded across the lava by Puna Geothermal Venture that residents can drive to and from their subdivision south of Highway 132 that was cut off by lava during last year’s Kilauea eruption.

More than 30 residents of a lava-locked kipuka in lower Puna drove across the lava channel from last year’s Kilauea eruption Monday to return to their homes.

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