. . . was a lovely community on the east side of the Big Island south of the Volcano but it was covered in a lava flow. The area continues to thirve as a destination for seeing a living volcano.
The small town of Kalapana was once a treasured Hawaiian fishing village. It was also the site of one of the largest and nicest black sand beaches. But in 1990, Madame Pele changed the landscape in this portion of Hawaii dramatically and continues to do so to this day.
Kalapana was one of the most beautiful old Hawaiian villages on Hawaii and was becoming a modern suburban town. In addition to the famous black sand beaches was the historical "Queens Bath", a spring fed pool in the rock. In 1983 lava began to erupt from Kilauea Volcano threatening part of Kalapana by 1986. By 1990, activity dramatically increased. From April through December of that year, lava flowed relentlessly, burying the town and the Royal Garden Subdivision under 30 feet of molten rock. The lava destroyed 181 homes, a visitor center and maintenance shop in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, highways, and treasured historical and archeological sites. the famous painted church was moved out of harms way to a new location but the community center was destroyed.
Much more information about this area of the Big Island is coming soon including its history, local features and people of interest.