Some 27,000 photos and video later, taking some time to reflect on documenting this year’s eruption has truly helped to process a lot of the intense range of emotions felt throughout 100 days of volcanic photojournalism. It is difficult to describe how it felt like to be led by something beyond the forces of our human existence. It was the unseen that kept all of us safe when approaching harm’s way. I believe it was the same unseen presence that brought our community together in a way that would have never bonded had it not been for something so incredibly incomprehensible. This short documentary captures the first hour of Day 1, till my last remaining overflights on Day 100, observing massive geological change.
My respect and best wishes go out to the neighborhood of Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, and the areas within and between Kapoho. My heart also goes out to California as fires continue to violently change the lives of many.
A portion of 2018 Eruption Relief print sales through my website at: andrewhara.com/2018eruptionrelief will be donated to help support our local community in Hawaii, in addition to relief efforts in California.
Thank you for being a part of this journey together.
With much gratitude and aloha,
Andrew Richard Hara
From Lyman Museum, Hilo, Hawaii:
Madame Pele’s most recent period of high activity has affected people across Hawai‘i Island, in many cases with devastating effects on lives and well-being. While we do not lose sight of these effects, and we do what we can to help our ‘ohana, the fact remains—and perhaps it’s a bit uncomfortable to recognize—that the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea has produced some of the most visually beautiful content of our planet in a transition both destructive and creative.
One of Hawai‘i’s leading photographer/videographers has put together a breathtaking documentary, a highlighting the Kīlauea fissure eruption from the first hour of Day One. Andrew shares his personal experiences throughout the eruptive events; how his visual media were able to help families, communities, and government agencies; and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record 27,000 detailed photographs of a most significant geological event in Hawai‘i Island’s history.
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