A SCHOOL near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been destroyed by lava – with warnings in place to residents to avoid the area, as the ongoing eruption shows no signs of abating.
And Kua O Ka La School has launched a online fundraising to raise money to pay for relocation expenses – with a vow to keep holding classes at alternative locations.
Teachers and children had hoped the lava flow would miss their school.
However, a statement issued by the County of Hawaii said: “Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho.
“An overflight this morning has confirned that Ahalanui Park and Kua O Ka La School have been covered by lava.
“Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”
A gofundme page was set up on July 8, with an accompanying statement saying: “Due to lava flow of the Kilauea Eruption, our kula (school) is now inaccessible.
“We have four weeks to prepare the facility for the upcoming school year for our kindergarten through 6th students.