As Pahoa languishes under the auspices of protection from the lava, I would like to make the people aware of the tragedy that is happening now that our precious town has been severed in half.
Businesses on the lower east side of Pahoa are dying. Tourists don’t know that Pahoa is not Malama and Longs Marketplaces, so they do not go there. We want to see the lava. Elected Officials do not respond to [the] multitude of safety, dead business, other complaints. Mothers and babies now walk in dark on [the] highway to find nonexistent bus stops… Even police and national guard at roadblocks admit [the] problem.