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Jun 21, 2018

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream

Dale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hill on Hawaii's Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana.
They are the last remaining residents on Halekamahina Hill, after two roiling streams of lava spouting from ground fissures and flowing into the sea, completely cut off the community.
Altman, 66, estimates they have $100,000 worth of marijuana in the field that they are harvesting.

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream
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A 'Caution' sign stands in a lava flow on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Dale Altman, 66, mends one of his greenhouses on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, rubs his eyes with exhaustion before evacuating his house on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Dale Altman, 66, tends his marijuana plants on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Heavy rain causes steam to rise from lava flows on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, rests while watching a lava flow from a neighbor's roof on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, mows his macadamia nut orchard beneath trees sickened by volcanic gases on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream
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Mark Clawson, 64, attempts to walk to his home on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream
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Cows stand in a road in an evacuated community on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, (L), and Tom McCarroll, 68, look at a lava flow near their homes outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream
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A lava flow blocks a road on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, attempts to walk to his home on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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In a long-exposure photograph, lava flows on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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A plume of laze, composed of steam, acid and volcanic glass, rises into the sky as lava flows into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area, on the outskirts of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

Cut off by lava, pot growers refuse to let go of dream
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Clouds of laze, composed of steam, acid and volcanic glass, rise from lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area, on the outskirts of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Offerings to Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, are seen in the gate of an evacuated home near a lava flow on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Lava erupts from Fissure Number 8 in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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With a plume of volcanic emissions, or laze (a term combining lava and haze) rising above him, Josh Doran, 22, repairs one of his family's greenhouses on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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With a plume of volcanic emissions, or laze (a term combining lava and haze), rising above him, Josh Doran, 22, repairs one of his family's greenhouses on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 7, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Mark Clawson, 64, sits on his porch on the outskirts of Pahoa above recent lava flows during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Lava flows on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Lava illuminates an evacuated house on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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Trees stand near a lava flow on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 6, 2018. TERRAY SYLVESTER/REUTERS

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