Some evacuees are frustrated police won't let them back into Leilani Estates
Access into one part of lower Puna is off limits.
Some residents who opted to evacuate Leilani Estates Thursday night are frustrated police won't let them back into the subdivision.
Access into one part of lower Puna is off limits. Big Island Police and Hawaii National Guard spent much of the day blocking off the road.
Residents hoped to get back in, waited anxiously along Highway 130.
Neil Valentine and his family left Leilani Estates Thursday night. A video posted on social media this morning sent chills up his spine. It captured lava splashing and bubbling up just feet from his home.
"Just basically heartbreak, my wife and I have been married going on 26 years, it was pretty much our dream home that we've been looking for all this time. Just knowing that we're not going to have a house, my wife is still in tears," Valentine said.
Some evacuees and their pets are staying at Pahoa Community Center.
Another shelter is set up in Kea'au. Many are unsure just how long they'll have to stay.
Ma'ave Enos believes that decision is up to Madame Pele. The Pahoa resident says it's time to pay respects.
"We're not panicking because we understand. We know exactly what is going on... I redid my yard and prepared for her. I clean my house. You want to come, hele mai. Come! This is your aina," Enos said.
For now, residents don't know what the fire goddess will do and have no choice but to wait and see.
"Nothing you can do but just smile and have a beer at the end of the day," Valentine said.