1990 Kilauea eruption destroys Kalapana
DEATH OF A COMMUNITY A beloved village died day by day By Hugh Clark Advertiser Big Island Bureau HILO, Hawaii - This was the year the town of Kalapana died and the famed Black Sand Beach at Kaimu disappeared, two more victims of lava from Kilauea Volcano's record-duration eruption. In a fitful three-month rampage in , the spring, molten rock obliterated Kalapana, turning what once was proudly described as "the last Hawaiian place" into a smoldering black wasteland. Between April 3 and June 26, 86 homes in Kalapana village and Kalapana Gardens, a growing subdivision, were destroyed. Lost, too, were the Kalapana Mauna Kea Congregational Church and the Kalapana Store and Drive Inn. The historic Star of the Sea "Painted" Church was removed before the beachfront site where it had stood for almost 60 years was I YEAR IN REVIEW I obliterated. The church now sits unused, next to the state highway a few miles away (see story on Page A8). The lava sometimes speeding along, other times barely crawling didn't stop at Kalapana. It destroyed nearby "Drain Pipes," which had been considered the Big Island's best surfing break, then covered one of Hawaii's most picturesque attractions, Kaimu Black Sand Beach, and kept going east. The eruption has destroyed 178 See Volcano, Page A6 I ! ' I $ 4 Advertiser file photo Lava from Kilauea Volcano engulfs Kalapana Playground.