Surrounded by fields and tall walls of cooled lava stands a little red building in the heart of Isaac Hale Beach Park, known to most as Uncle Hale's house.

"It just brings so much joy knowing that it's still there," Isaac Hale's niece Hannah Hana Pau said.

"The park is named after Isaac Hale, who's last resident was this old house here. He was the leader. The head farmer there.  That's four generations, kind of a rare picture taken in 1916, and that's the old red house that was unpainted in 1916," Isaac Hale's nephew, Earl Veloria said. 

It's a landmark for most beachgoers at Pohoiki but to one family it's home.

The Hale Family lived in that house for over a century.

For Uncle Hale's nieces and nephews it was always a home away from home, a place that holds many of their fondest memories. 

"We went down to Pohoiki every weekend. All summers it was good place to go. Family knew even if they came from Honolulu they knew where to find us. We'd be down there partying just having a potluck the whole family," Isaac Hale's niece Eunice Mulec says along with Hana Pau and Veloria.  

For years, the family has continued to care for Uncle Hale's house. 

"The home, it looks much better now and part of it is the kuleana that we as descendants," Hana Pau said. "We're the caretakers, we're the people who love Pohoiki and we take whatever comes and we be still."

The family had plans to make repairs on the home this year, but in July lava began oozing its way towards Pohoiki. 

They didn't know what they would find when they returned.

"You know when we made that turn and saw the Hale standing there I just called out ooohwee," Hana Pau said. 

The lava had stopped just short of their home.

"I cried when I hugged the house, it was just feeling good. And that day I told the ohana, we're not going to say goodbye and we're to say hello. The house and the aina is waiting for us and we're just going to say we're here and we stand with you all the way," Hana Pau said. 

The home now stands along with the beloved boat harbor and now a newly-formed beach. 

"You know since the lava came, truthfully I was never afraid. I didn't worry about it, I missed it, going there and seeing the house, but I wasn't really worried about the place. The thing is even if the lava come, the lava comes. It's accepted and we know that," Hana Pau said. 

"I hope now that we can still go back, cause that's our gathering place always," Mulec said.

Isaac Hale Beach Park is set to reopen December 6th.

"It's just a connection that no matter where we are, Pohoiki is where the family is," Hana Pau said.