Big Island, Hawai’i, USA
Lava Flow 2018
The Kapoho Bay Tide pools were a popular snorkeling destination on Hawai’i’s Big Island. The tide pools and the coral reef were protected, and the official name of this area was the Wai’opae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District. They were covered by lava flow, along with the entire adjacent community of Vacationland, in 2018. This painting is based on a photograph from the Labroots website that was originally published in the Guardian.
The fact that it was consumed in a fiery deluge kind of says it all. And maybe it’s a lesson — sometimes the old spaces have to be destroyed to make new land; one day that will be a beautiful sandy beach. Andy G.