We are going out trick-or-treating with the grandkids this evening. I see some little ones out on the street already at about 5:00 p.m.
The Pahoa situation is under control, even though the lava isn't. We are getting excellent coverage from Big Island Video News and other sources. (See sidebar.) Civil defense has been great, and now unarmed National Guard are setting up emergency services for residents. The authorities are stressing the need for decorum in the situation and are not allowing sensation seekers to swarm around the disaster area. I like that idea.
Respect is what I would want if I were a person about to lose my home to lava, no matter how much national media want those "human interest" stories or people want to have exciting experiences. There are objections being voiced to the special powers granted the State during disasters, but without them exit roads could not have been built, for instance, since under ordinary law each and every resident would have to give their OK to put roads through. People who want to make money on lava tours need to wait until the flow has established itself and then they may be able to safely take people out to view it. Gawkers need to understand that they don't have the right to trespass on private property and/or impede evacuation with their presence. Really, my hat is off to our state and county and federal entities who have handled this emergency so well.
I am perfectly happy to stay away from Pahoa. When I get home I should have enough of a view from my deck of the eruption and don't have to get in anyone's way.
I've got my fingers crossed for Pahoa Town and Puna.