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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and, to a lesser extent, Haleakala National Park, are benefitting from the state-authorized program.
It includes $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans that the federal money is expected to cover.
The superheated steam is killing trees and forcing some residents from their homes, although there’s “no sign of magma.”
Mayor Harry Kim prepares to ask for far less than he initially sought. He blames the discrepancy on “a lot of miscommunication on my part.”
“They needed something to feel good about,” said Mayor Harry Kim of the locals who showed up in Pohoiki on Thursday.
Park facilities require longterm repairs after they housed Kilauea lava evacuees for more than four months.
Kilauea volcano created a dramatic new landscape including black-sand beaches. But “it’s a rough walk” to get there.
Public agencies and private organizations devised massive relief efforts, but “they knew a lot less about living rough than we did,” said one evacuee.
In spite of the recent lava breakout, there can be a bright future for the park in 2066, the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Geologists say lava has mostly stopped flowing, and sulfur dioxide emissions are the lowest they’ve been since 2007.
Transportation questions loom large as residents and the national park try to navigate a return to normalcy.