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Some Leilani Estates residents are back home after Kilauea's eruption forced them to leave

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Since the eruption began on May 3, residents in Leilani Estates say they've been popping in, every day, checking on their home, making sure everything is still there.

Now, they're on the road to recovery. Slowly moving in and trying to get their lives back to normal.

"People need to get back into their homes. It's a personal choice, there's no guarantees on anything. if you don't feel comfortable you don't have to come back, it's just giving people the option," Ross Stadnyk, Leilani Estates resident, said.

Parts of the neighborhood, especially east of Pomaikai street still don't have power. Hawaiian Electric says it'll restore power in phases as poles barreled down by lava are brought back up.

Residents Island News spoke to say their biggest fear is the eruption picking back up. Experts can't say for sure if this Kilauea threat is over, fissures are still steaming.

"We hope they have that peace of mind knowing that Civil Defense will be monitoring behind the scenes the lava situation, the eruption because even though it's quiet right now, there's no guarantee knowing it's mother nature," Stadnyk said.

If anything's become clear while meeting the friendly and weary faces here, it's that these residents are resilient and looking out for each other.

James Remme is thankful his house was spared. Now, he's checking on his friend's house who evacuated to the mainland.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says it's thankful for the community's help and patience for making the best out of the situation. For now, residents are taking it one day at a time.

Some of residents' immediate concerns is getting power back and running in their homes.

HELCO says to call its customer service line for service.

A spokesperson for the Disaster Recovery Center says there are still 42 people at the Pahoa shelter who don't have a home to return to.

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