"Feels like coming home," Tim said. Agreed.
The house, christened Punana Kiowai, provided rest and relaxation for three nights, a comfortable and welcome tropical refuge. A variety of outdoor living areas graced the premises, including a naturally lava-heated pool.
We unpacked our bags, settled in, and the backyard pool beckoned.
|These lava-heated pools were a common feature of many homes|
in Kapoho Vacationland.
“You know”, I said to Tim as I floated in the warm water, “lava-heated means there’s lava flowing underground, probably close by.”
|Gone. This view of the Tide Pools from our 2015|
rental home—Mika Lani, Jewel By the Sea—will never be seen again.
20 feet of lava now covers this home and the surrounding area.
|Four-spot Butterfly Fish swim and graze on the impressive coral in the|
Wai`opae Tide Pools.
|A Yellowtail Coris (bottom), Peacock Grouper, and Moorish Idols (top)|
swim in the tide pools in this photo from 2016.
|A pair of Ornate Butterfly Fish. I wonder if these two, and the fish in|
the preceding photographs, made it out to the open sea before
lava filled the Tide Pools?
Am I sad the Wai`opae Tide Pools no longer exist in our world? Oh yes, immeasurably so. But do I consider this an ecological disaster? No. This is simply a volcano being a volcano, doing what volcanoes do best: reminding us that we are not in charge.