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Residents in Hawaii stuck in 'lava limbo' as massive flow nears village

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Hundreds of residents in the Hawaiian town of Pahoa live near a slow-marching lava flow that's been advancing for weeks. Though officials said Wednesday that the flow had stalled, it's expected to resume soon.

At Kaleo's Bar and Grill in Pahoa, owner Leslie Lai said business has actually shot up as people visit to get a "last glimpse" of the area.

"The mayor has set up office right here in Pahoa, so they're there to answer any and all questions," she said. Despite the threat, dealing with volcanos is part of living on the island, she said.

"Everybody has a plan A and a plan B and we're feeling quite comfortable," she said.