A family who escaped Northern California's wildfires are now fleeing from lava

Posted at 3:28 AM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 03:28:55-04

Around 1,700 Leilani Estates residents have been displaced by the now 14 eruptions that have destroyed several homes, cars and buildings in the Puna neighborhood.

Several residents have expressed a range of emotions, from shock to devastation, over losing the things they once held dear to Madame Pele's wrath.

For the Kealoha family however, this isn't the first time they've had to flee from fire.

Kelena Kealoha, his wife Zoe, and their two daughters moved to Leilani Estates on the Big Island — from the North Bay area. 

The family had already escaped wildfires in Northern California before moving to Puna, and had planned to set down roots.

"I was gonna raise my daughters here, but it doesn't look like it was going to turn out to be the scenario we hoped," Kelena Kealoha said.

Although the Kealoha family's next steps are unclear, they plan on staying with family in Kona for now.

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