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Hawaii Six-O

Hawaii Six-O

From 1960, another view of the Kilauea eruption near Kapoho. Building at left is the F. Nakamura Store. 35mm Ektachrome transparency. View full size.



The Nakamura Store, on the far left, was the only structure in Kapoho to survive this eruption. The others were either burned by lava, or collapsed from the weight of cinders accumulating on their roofs.

The owner of the Nakamura Store, however, subsequently demolished the building since the town was destroyed. The empty foundation remained, with the sign left behind atop it. I saw it like that in May 1960.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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