Race the Lava Flow

  • Race the Lava Flow

    Characters
    Halau        Kaimana    Keali’i     Kimo        Malia         Narrator

    Setting- A tropical volcanic island where a feast is taking place at the only village.

    Scene 1
    Narrator

    Two boys, Malia and Kaimana sneak away from the feast because they are bored.

    Malia
    I’m glad we managed to get away without being seen.

    Kaimana
    So am I.  It’s such a beautiful day, just right for some fishing.  Let’s get one of the canoes.

    Narrator
    Soon, they arrive at the place where the canoes are kept- at the base of the volcano.

    Malia
    What’s that funny smell?

    Kaimana
    I’ve never smelled it before but I remember my grandfather talking about it.  I don’t think it’s a good thing.

    Narrator
    They look up at the volcano.  They see steam coming from a vent at the side of the volcano.

    Kaimana
    Look!  It’s the volcano!  Quick, we must warn the others.

    Malia
    No.  If we go to tell the others we’ll get into trouble for sneaking away.  Anyway they’ll be able to smell it, like we did.  They’ll know something is wrong.

    Kaimana
    But the wind is blowing the wrong way. They won't be able to smell it. We must warn them so that we can all get up the Far Hill to safety. 

    Scene 2
    Narrator 

    Kaimana and Malia run to the village. Kaimana jumps up onto a chair. Just in front of him are his cousins Kimo and Keali’i.

    Kaimana 
    Everyone, stop dancing and singing. Quick, run to the Far Hill! The volcano's erupting!  

    Kimo 
    What do you mean, the volcano's erupting? How do you know? Where have you two been? 

    Kaimana 
    The volcano is erupting! Malia and I were down by the beach and we smelled the smell that grandfather used to talk about.  We also saw steam coming from the side of the mountain.  

    Kimo 
    Are you sure? You're not just playing silly games? 

    Kaimana 
    Of course I’m sure.

    Kimo 
    Kaimana and Malia, you must stay here. I'll go and check what’s happening.  Keali’i, gather the villagers together.  Start making your way to the Far Hill

    Scene 3
    Narrator 

    Kimo runs off in the direction of the beach. The people of the village start gathering around. They are beginning to get worriedabout the volcano.

    Keali'i 
    Everyone, come close and listen. There's nothing to worry about. The volcano is just letting off some steam. It’s best that we all go to the Far Hill where we can watch in safety. Go and collect food and blankets. Only bring what you can carry. Then we will start moving. 

    Halau 
    What's happening? Is it safe? I can't smell anything. I can't see anything. Where do we go? 

    Malia
    Look at the volcano!  It's erupting! 

    Scene 4
    Narrator 

    Lava bursts out of one of the vents on the volcano. Then, a river of lava begins to flow slowly out.

    Halau 
    We must run as fast as we can, but my legs won't carry me far. I'm too slow! 

    Keali'i 
    Don't worry. We'll help you. The lava hasn't reached us yet. But we must move fast as the lava will flow this way in a short time. Please, just stay calm and don't panic. We'll have time. 


    Scene 5
    Narrator 

    The villagers are rushing about carrying food, clothes, and blankets. There is a lot of talking. The volcano is throwing lava bombs up into the sky. Loud bangs can be heard. People are ducking down after every explosion. Kimo appears again. She has a worried look on her face. 

    Kimo 
    We need to move quickly. This might be the big one. 

    Kaimana 
    What's that hissing noise? Where is that smoke coming from? 

    Kimo
    The lava flowing into the sea is making the hissing noise. And that isn't smoke, it's steam, which is caused by the lava boiling the sea. Keep going, everyone. We must hurry! 

    Scene 6
    Narrator 

    The steam is making it hard to see and it is very hot. The noise from the volcano is deafening. 

    Malia 
    Aah! My leg! Help! I'm hurt! 

    Narrator 
    No one hears Malia over the sound of the volcanic eruption. He falls down and is unable to walk. He rolls off the path. No one hears his cries.

    Keali’i
    Keep going, everyone.  We’ll be safe on the Far Hill

    Kimo
    The lava will not be able to travel this far up the hill.  We can use the hill caves for shelter until it’s safe to return to the village.  Make sure everyone is here.

    Kaimana
    Where’s Malia?

    Kimo
    I don’t know.

    Kaimana
    Malia, where are you?  Malia, Malia, are you here?  Kimo, Malia is not here.  I must go and look for him.

    Kimo
    No.  You stay here.  Keali’i and I will go and search for him.

    Kaimana
    But he’s my best friend.  I want to come with you.

    Kimo 
    Is anyone else missing?

    Halau
    No, everyone is here.

    Kimo
    Keali’i come with me.  We must go and look for Malia.  Bring some rope.  We might need it.

    Scene 7
    Narrator

    Kimo and Keali’i start looking for Malia.  They don’t realize that Kaimana is following them.

    Keali’i
    Malia! Malia! Malia!

    Kaimana
    Malia!  Where are you?

    Kimo
    Kaimana, it's not safe for a boy down here. We're too close to the lava. You should have stayed with the others.  Now you must stick close to us.

    Malia
    Help, help! I'm down here!

    Narrator 
    Kimo hears the faint sound of Malia's cries and looks over the edge of the path.

    Kimo
    Look, Malia is on top of that Kimo rock! Lava is creeping around the rock! 

    Kaimana
    How will we get him out? 

    Keali'i 
    Malia, we'll get you out very soon, but don't try to move yet.

    Malia
    The lava is getting very hot. 

    Kimo 
    We'll have to lift him out.

    Keali'i 
    We'll throw a rope over that tree. Malia, when you've got the rope, tie it around your waist. Then, we'll pull you out. 

    Malia 
    OK.

    Kimo 
    Malia, are you ready? 

    Malia
    Yes. Quick, ifs getting hot!

    Kimo 
    Everyone ready? Now, pull! 

    Narrator 
    Everyone pulls on the rope and Malia starts to lift off the rock. 

    Keali'i 
    You're safe now, Malia. OK? 

    Malia 
    My leg hurts. I can't walk. 

    Kaimana 
    You'll be all right. I thought we wouldn't find you. 

    Scene 8
    Narrator 

    Soon, they are back with the rest of the villagers. 

    Kimo
    Gather together, everyone. The lava is moving fast and by now the village will be gone. 

    Halau 
    That is very sad. 

    Kimo 
    You are right, it is sad, but we will rebuild. When it is safe, we will rebuild the village. But, for now, we must share our food and water. Soon we will return. 

    Narrator 
    The villagers are sitting around looking very sad and talking quietly. It will be a few days before they can come down from the Far Hill. But at least they are all safe and no one has been killed.