'If Pele comes, Pele comes': Puna residents react to possible threat of Kilauea eruption

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bailee Yamada, a business owner in the Puna area, said that she's had customers express a range of emotions about the possibility of a Kilauea eruption.

Some are afraid. Some are indifferent.

For her part, Yamada is just a tad bit excited.

"I'm just hoping that (the possible eruption) doesn't hurt anybody's home or hurt anyone wherever Pele decides to pop out," she said.

"I'm actually just really excited to see something go up in the air," Yamada said.

Another Puna resident, Hailey Stower, said that her entire house — which is on stilts — shook because of the quakes.

"If Pele comes, Pele comes," added Curt Redman, a Puna resident. "We have to do what we got to do, but ... now we're kind of crossing our fingers to see what Pele might do next."

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