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Lava’s slow approach is reshaping Hawaii village life

Lava from Kilauea’s bubbling new vent has yet to swallow a single home or close a key thoroughfare, but the volcano has changed everything in this little town on the Big Island. National Guard members are a 24/7 presence. Roadblocks keep disaster tourists at bay. Schools have closed. The dump has been relocated — to within an easy sniff of the unhappy Nani O Puna apartments. The Locavore Store, which sells bounty grown by its “farmy neighbors,” closed on Halloween. An apologetic sign on its empty storefront explains: “We will be re-opening on the north side of the lava flow. New location and opening dates TBD.” Pahoa’s not the same already. It’s crazy. I could get…