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At Kealakomo, the road breaks over the edge of the Holei Pali. The upper portion of Kilauea is separated from the coastal plains by a series of fault escarpments, where the lower coast has moved down relative to the rest of the mountain. Sometimes these movements are immense as enormous chunks of land slide catastrophically off into the sea, such as has happened at Kealakekua Bay in Kona and on the Hilina Pali, here in the Park.
Over time, the coastal plain block here at Kealakomo has fallen as much as 1400 feet relative to the main block of Kilauea Volcano. At Kealakomo you can see how the recent lava flows from Mauna Ulu have been draped over the giant escarpment.
In 1975 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake heralded the movement of the lower fault block, dropping it by as much as ten feet downward and sliding it seaward by as much as twenty feet. This movement triggered a local tsunami which swept a group of a few dozen young campers who had horse-packed into the abandoned village of Halape thousands of feet inland; fortunately, only two men a some horses were drowned, the others miraculously survived.
The Kealakomo Overlook has a picnic tables on an overlook platform, incredible views, a generally cool breeze, but no water, restrooms or other services available.
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