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KÄ«lauea Eruption

Kalanian'ole will Reopen Tomorrow, Water Main Break restored

Water Main Break Restored

This is a Civil Defense message for Tuesday, November 13 at 3:45 in the afternoon. 

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) reports the water main break near Papa’ikou Gym has been repaired. Papa’ikou residents and customers from Maluna Place, and north along Old Mamalahoa Highway, including all side roads, should have water restored.   

Department of Education reports Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Elementary and Intermediate School will reopen and resume school tomorrow November 14, 2018.

For more information, please call DWS at 808-961-8060 during normal business hours, and 808-961-8790 for after-hour emergencies. You can also email DWS here:

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.



WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13-23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, on May 3, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i and the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i issued respective Emergency Proclamations declaring states of emergency due to active lava erupting along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna, County and State of Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2018, the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i issued a Supplementary Proclamation expanding the scope and application of his Proclamation in order to provide further emergency disaster relief by suspending additional sections of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes; and

WHEREAS, on May 22, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation suspending Hawai‘i County Code, Chapter 19, Section 19-47, related to real property tax assessments to those parcels that suffered uninhabitability or isolation due to this eruptive event in those areas described as Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates and Kapoho Estates; and

WHEREAS, on May 30, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Second Supplementary Emergency Proclamation suspending several County Code provisions related to the preparation, set-up, construction, or installation of temporary emergency shelters for residents displaced or voluntarily evacuated due to the active lava eruption; and

WHEREAS, on May 30, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #1 restricting access to the area containing Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland and Kapoho Farm Lots; and

WHEREAS, on May 31, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for identified areas within the Leilani Estates subdivision; and

WHEREAS, on July 2, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation providing additional real property tax adjustments and relief; and

WHEREAS, on August 31, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Fourth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation continuing the state of emergency and issuing a prohibition from people entering or remaining on the lava fields, including a fifty (50) yard safety buffer area; and

WHEREAS, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory (HVO), cannot project WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY AN end date to this eruptive event and has noted that previous eruptive events in the area have continued eruptive activity after lengthy periods of lull; and

WHEREAS, the USGS HVO has identified many hazards when traversing over lava flow fields, including subsurface residual molten lava and gases that may not be visible; due to the hazards involved, the USGS HVO and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency have noted that injuries while traversing over lava flow fields are common and deaths have occurred.

WHEREAS, some evacuees of the eruptive event remain in temporary shelters provided by non-profit entities where the operational costs to maintain these shelters are mounting and becoming a hardship; and

WHEREAS, section 127A-13(b) provides that in the event of a local state of emergency the Mayor may relieve hardship, inequities or obstructions of public health, safety or welfare by suspending county laws in whole or in part; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Harry Kim, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency due to this eruptive event continues to exist and continues to pose threat of imminent disaster on Hawai‘i Island and that all provisions of my prior Proclamations, except for the fifty (50) yard buffer surrounding the lava flow field shall remain in full force and effect, effective, October 30, 2018, and continuing thereon until December 29, 2018 or unless terminated by a separate proclamation, which ever shall occur first.

I FURTHER DECLARE, that due to the aforementioned hazards that continue to exist, entry to and remaining on the lava flow field remains prohibited unless authorized by Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency. No physical modifications to the lava flow fields are allowed, including but not limited to, clearing, crushing or the removal or infill of the lava flow field surface with the intent to establish roads, trails, driveways or clearings for any purpose.

I FURTHER ORDER that pursuant to Section 127A-13(b)(1) of the Hawai`i Revised Statutes, the following section of the Hawai`i County Code be suspended:

Chapter 21, Article 4, Section 21-29.1, as it applies to fees charged to private haulers discharging wastewater into a municipal facility, when the organization requesting a waiver of septage discharge fee(s) is a nonprofit organization operating a temporary emergency shelter site for the sole purpose of sheltering lava event survivors, and the organization’s private hauler possesses a current septage discharge permit with the County.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 30th day of October, 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Harry Kim
County of Hawai‘i

View the Signed Fifth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation


Leilani Estates Placards

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, October 5 at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

Beginning October 8, placards will be available from Hawaii County Council Member Eileen O’Hara’s office. The office is located at 152879 Pahoa Village Road and will service placard requests between 9 am and 3 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will be issuing the placards to access Leilani Estates for residents and authorized personnel.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Water and Soil Sample Testing Ending 10/12

Due to the recent lull in volcanic activity and low volcanic emissions, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will end free ADSC analyses of water and soil samples in volcano-affected areas for pH and heavy metals as of Friday, September 21, 2018.

One exception: those moving back into areas recently affected by volcanic activity in Puna. They will be allowed to submit up to three water and soil samples up through Friday Oct. 12, 2018.

Please contact your Cooperative Extension Office for assistance with free water and soil samples until Friday, September 21, 2018.

Cooperative Extension Offices on Hawai`i Island:
Hilo, (808) 981-5199
Kamuela, (808) 887-6183
Kona, (808) 322-4892

More information about CTAHR can be found at its website: