Questions among residents in Hawaii who are being affected by the lava flows from the eruptions of the Kilauea volcano have raised related to their land. Once the lava hardens, it forms rock and new land. For some residents, they may think their yard is expanded thanks to the new rock in place, but a Supreme Court of Hawaii decision from 1977, known as the State by Kobayashi v. Zimring, sets the story straight. In this ruling, it declares that all new land formed by the hardened lava along the coast belongs to the state of Hawaii and no longer to the landowner. Therefore, for residents who once had an oceanfront home no longer do due to the newly-formed land. They may be able to purchase the new land, but it is not automatically their’s. This case followed the eruption of Kilauea in 1955, and now being reminded today thanks to the recent eruptions.



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Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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