For Anthony Quintano, former Honolulu Civil Beat photographer and engagement editor, covering the Kilauea eruption — the fiery rivers of lava, the destruction of hundreds of homes and the Big Island residents whose lives were upended — was more than an assignment.

It was a life-changing experience.

“I wanted to see lava up close and personal. I never thought I was going to see it the way I saw it during this event. And I just couldn’t step away from it,” he recalls. “I had to cover it until it stopped.”

In “Into The Fire,” a Civil Beat video produced by Quintano, Jessica Terrell and Ku’u Kauanoe, Quintano reflects on the awesome power of the volcano and its personal impact on him.

What sets us apart.

Regardless of who or what you voted for, we hope we’ve distinguished ourselves from other news media through our election coverage as well as our commitment to strengthening the civic health of Hawaii.

Now, we’re asking you to consider becoming part of something larger than yourself by joining as a Civil Beat member.

Help kick-start Civil Beat’s summer fundraising campaign with a gift of $5+/month or one-time donation of $60+ and receive a limited edition “Truth Maze” beach towel.

About the Author