Hawaii Island Might Get A 'Lava Ferry'

If the lava flow now threatening Pahoa Village on the Big Island eventually crosses Highway 130 and continues towards the ocean, residents of lower Puna could be isolated on the far side of the flow, with a 70-plus mile commute to reach Hilo for shopping or jobs via an emergency route along the Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

It’s not a pretty prospect.

But Hilo attorney Steven Strauss has been quietly laying the groundwork for another innovative alternative.

Struass is definitely thinking outside the box. Or, in this case, above it.