August 1997

August 14-15: Coastal lava flows have finally inundated the Waha'ula Heiau, an important ancient Hawaiian temple site which possibly dated back 800 years (according to Park archaeologists). It had been surrounded by lava in 1989 when the new Visitors' Center was destroyed, but had almost miraculously survived. We recorded what we could for the Park beforehand, but it is certainly a great loss. Part of the Royal Gardens access road has also been cut off by lava flows.

Activity continues at the crater cone within Pu'u 'O'o, with lava draining directly underground and not making much of a lava lake. Lava can still be seen in skylights on the south shield, so it is apparently still following the same route to the sea.

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