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Tuesday
May222018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/22/18 12PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, May 22 at noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor highly active vents and lava flows. Fissure 22 is feeding one flow entering the ocean, while other fissures are supplying additional flows.  Sulfur dioxide emissions remain high, causing elevated levels in areas downwind of the vents. 

The explosive eruption that occurred at 3:45 this morning at the Kilauea summit resulted in an ash plume that reached a height of 8,000 feet.  Ash has been reported in communities downwind of Kilauea. Take action to avoid exposure to ash.  

Fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property.  This activity has destroyed the former Hawaii Geothermal Project site area adjacent to PGV.

Due to this activity, the following policies are in effect:

 

  • At this time this situation is being closely monitored.  There is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.
  • Due to high sulfur dioxide emissions, all media escorts near the fissures are postponed until further notice for safety.
  • Due to the laze hazard at the lava ocean entry stay out of the plume.
  • Take precautions to protect yourself from ash fallout and hazardous gases.
  • Residents in the affected area should be prepared to leave the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time. 

 

On roads, the following roads are closed:

 

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kapoho and Kalapana Roads are open to residents only with identification.

 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria tonight, Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
May222018

Supplementary Emergency Proclamation

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 Hawaiʻi and the Governor of the State of Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi; and

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2018, the Governor of the State of Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes; and

WHEREAS, the United State Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO), at this time cannot project an end date to this eruptive event and continue to issue warnings;

WHEREAS, Section 127A-13(b)(1) Hawai‘i Revised Statute, provides that during the emergency period, the Mayor may “[r]elieve hardship and inequities, or obstruction to public health, safety, or welfare, found by the mayor to exist in the laws of the county and to result from the operation of federal programs or measures taken under this chapter, by suspending the county laws in whole or in part, or by the alleviating the provisions of county laws on such terms and conditions as the mayor may impose….”; and

WHEREAS, Section19-47 Hawaiʻi County Code states that for real property purposes, “tax year” shall mean the fiscal year beginning July 1 of each calendar year and ending June 30th of the following calendar year. Real property shall be assessed, and taxes shall be levied thereon, as of January 1 preceding each tax year upon the basis of valuations determined in the manner and at the time provided in this chapter;

WHEREAS, the real property tax assessments established on January 1, 2018, do not reflect the present value of properties made uninhabitable or isolated by this eruptive event; and

WHEREAS, I find that if the real property assessments established on January 1, 2018 are maintained, hardship and inequities will occur to those who lost their home or real property due to uninhabitability or isolation from this eruptive event;

WHEREAS, in order to relieve this hardship and inequity, properties that are uninhabitable or isolated need to be reassessed;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Harry Kim, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency continues exists due to threat of imminent disaster on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 0642., May 22, 2018, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

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

Chapter 19, Section 19-47 as it applies to those parcels that suffered uninhabitability or isolation due to this eruptive event described as Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates and Kapoho Estates and further described and detailed on Exhibit “A” attached; and

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 22nd day of May 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Harry Kim
Mayor
County of Hawai‘i

View the signed Supplementary Emergency Proclamation

Tuesday
May222018

East Rift Zone Eruption, Tues. 5/22/18, 6AM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight.  The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to PGV property.

Due to this activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • At this time this situation will be closely monitored.  There is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.
  • Due to the laze hazard at the lava ocean entry stay out of the plume.

 Due to hazardous conditions, the following roads are closed and all are asked to stay out of the area:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic.  

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Tuesday
May222018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/22/18 3:55 AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for May 22 at 3:55 AM for the area of Kau.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at  about 3:45 AM.  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.  

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.  
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.
Monday
May212018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 4, 5/21/18 6PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 21 at 6:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 5:51 PM. The resulting ash plume may affect surrounding areas.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean.  Fissure 22 continues to produce most of the lava feeding the flows.

Lava from Fissure 22 has crossed onto the Puna Geothermal Venture property.  County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities.  Ten of the eleven wells have been quenched.  Efforts are ongoing to make sure the site is secure and the community is kept safe.  

Due to current volcanic activity, the following information is provided for your awareness:

  • Residents in the affected area should be prepared to leave the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time. 
  • Gas levels remain high. Limit further exposure by sheltering in place or leaving the area.

 Due to unsafe conditions, the following policies are in effect:

  • Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required.
  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency. 

Monday
May212018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/21/18 12PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 21 at noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean. Fissures continue to de-gas and produce large amounts of sulfur dioxide.  

Due to current volcanic activity, the following information is provided for your awareness:

  • Residents and visitors in lower Puna, south of the Lower East Rift Zone, should be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time.  
  • Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure. 

Due to unsafe conditions on roadways, the following policies are in effect:

  • Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required.
  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume since it can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the ocean entry area and enforcing a 300 meter standoff zone. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area. 

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Monday
May212018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 2, 5/20/18 830AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 21 at 8:30 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean.

Due to the volcanic activity the following information is provided for your awareness:

  • Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure.
  • All schools are currently open this morning.
  • County, state and federal officials are working together to monitor the situation and take action to ensure the safety of surrounding communities.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Monday
May212018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/21/18 1:45AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 21 at 1:45 AM, for the area of Kau.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 00:55 AM.  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.  

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.       
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.
Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 4, 5/20/18, 6PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park.

Moderate trade winds continue to cause elevated levels of sulfur dioxide in areas downwind of the vents, including Kamaili, Seaview, and Malama Ki. Take action necessary to limit further exposure. 

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/20/18, 12PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at Noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that sulfur dioxide emission rates tripled down wind of the rift today. Areas of Kamaili, Seaview, and Malama Ki have elevated levels. Take action necessary to limit further exposure. 

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for listening. We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 2, 5/20/18 8AM - SO2 Tripled, USCG monitoring

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that sulfur dioxide emissions have tripled. Take action necessary to limit further exposure.  

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park, the following policies are in effect: 

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.  Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning. Health risks are present both landside and on the water.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic. 
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

For your information:

  • Department of Water Supply says an emergency water restriction is still in effect for customers between Kapoho and Pohoiki. The flow that has crossed Pohoiki Road cut off water supply to residents.
  • Two water tankers are providing public drinking water access to residents and visitors in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.
  • HELCO advises residents in the down rift of the flow to be aware of downed power lines. Always assume the power lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas. Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/20/18 6AM - Flow 3 split into 2 flows, entering ocean

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Flow front 3 has split into 2 flows and both are entering the ocean. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that Sulfur Dioxide emissions have greatly increased. 

Due to hazardous conditions, the following roads are closed and all are asked to stay out of the area

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic.  

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 in the vicinity of MacKenzie State Park, the following policies are in effect:

Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.  Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 

  • Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. 
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 8, 5/19/18 11PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean.  Flow front #2 is approximately 400 M from Highway 137.  Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137.  All persons are asked to stay out of the area.

The lava has entered the ocean.  Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. 
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 7, 5/19/18 9PM- 630 Meters from Hwy 137

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  The flow originating from fissure 20 has again split into two lobes, both are currently heading in the general direction of the 13 mile marker on Highway 137.  Flow front #1 is approximately 630 meters from Highway 137 and moving about a 100 meters per hour.  Flow front #2 is approximately 750 meters from Highway 137 and moving about the same speed.  At the current rate, the lava flow may cross the highway within the next five to seven hours.

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137 due to a brush fire.  Residents in the area have been evacuated. 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 6, 5/19/18 6:30PM - Brush Fire, Kamaili Rd. Evacuation

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 in the evening.

Active lava flows have caused brush fires to spread from the flow front toward Kamaili Road. Residents on Kamaili Road need to evacuate the area immediately.

County and state fire units are in the area, going door-to-door to make sure people are informed and check if they need assistance. Everyone needs to stay clear of this area.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 5, 5/19/18 6PM - Half-mile from Hwy 137

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows which have joined together into one flow. The flow is currently in state forest reserve lands and heading in the general direction of MacKenzie State Park.  No structures are threatened at this time. Residents should be aware that the lava flow is currently about half a mile from Highway 137 and, at the current rate, may cross the highway within the next five to six hours.

Should the lava enter the ocean be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents between Kamaili and Pohoiki are advised to decide if they want to voluntarily leave the area at this time.
  • For those who choose to voluntarily evacuate, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.
  • All persons are asked to avoid the area.
  • Stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.
  • County, state and federal agencies will be monitoring the flows and eruptive activities throughout the night.

On roads information:

  • Highway 130 is open for residents only.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.
  • Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to thru traffic.
  • Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 4, 5/19/18 2PM - Laze hazard

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 2 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows:  in state forest reserve lands and heading in the general direction of MacKenzie State Park.  No residents are threatened at this time.  Residents should be aware that the lava flow is currently .8 miles from Highway 137 and, at the current rate, may cross the highway within the next four to seven hours. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents between Kamaili and Pohoiki are advised to decide if they want to voluntarily leave the area at this time.
  • For those who choose to voluntarily evacuate, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.
  • All persons are asked to avoid the area.
  • Stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.
  • The Fire Department and HVO will be actively monitoring the flows by helicopter.

On roads information:

  • Highway 130 is open for residents only.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.
  • Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to thru traffic.
  • Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

Should the lava enter the ocean be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.    

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/19/18 12PM - Road update

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 12 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows: two west of Pohoiki Road and two east of Pohoiki Road. The two flows on the west of Pohoiki are moving up to 900 feet per hour.  The eastern flows are moving slowly.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation if necessary.
  • Residents are advised to stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.

On roads information:

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.  
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic only, and present ID.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.

Due to ongoing ash eruption out of Halemaumau, the following areas downwind are advised:

  • Take necessary precautions for ash, including measures to protect your water catchment systems.
  • Stay indoors where ash is falling.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption, Sat. 5/19/18, 8:30AM - Latest Flow and Road Information

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a short-lived steam explosion from Kilauea crater created an ash cloud around midnight that reached up to 10,000 ft. Ash was carried southwest by the wind toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu. Residents are reminded to protect themselves from ash fallout by remaining indoors.

Do continue to be on the alert of air quality around you and be cautious.

 A large, slow moving lava flow continues from Fissure 20 west of Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.  The flow has advanced 1,000 feet in under 1 hour. Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

 

  • Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation should it be deemed necessary.  

 

On roads information:

 

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.  
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic, to those with ID.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Be aware shelters are pet friendly.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/19/18 6AM - Small Steam Explosion Overnight from Kilauea Crater

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a small steam explosion occurred in Halemaumau Crater last night around midnight.  National Weather Service reports the ash plume rose to around 7000 feet.  Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu. Residents of these areas are reminded to protect yourself from ash fallout by remaining  indoors or by using dust masks.

Fissures east of Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna gardens continue to erupt, producing a slow moving lava flow.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.

  • Pohoiki Road is closed. 
  • Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic past the checkpoints.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.