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Hurricane Lane Information, Sunday 8/19/18

This is a Civil Defense hurricane message for Sunday, August 19 at 7:30 in the morning.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports that as of 5:00 AM, Hurricane Lane is a Category 3 hurricane, approximately 890 miles ESE of Hilo with sustained winds of 120 MPH moving west at approximately 15 MPH.

At this point, it is too early to see any impacts to Hawaii Island. No watches or warnings have been issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

Civil Defense is monitoring the storm and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety. Do take this time to assure that family emergency plans are updated.

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

Emergency Alert Sirens and Notifications Friday 8/17/18

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, August 17.  

Over the last three days, Hawaii County Civil Defense, in partnership with HI-EMA (Hawaii Emergency Management Agency) tested 7 new emergency alert sirens around the island of Hawaii. These sirens are only one of several ways Civil Defense alerts the public in an emergency. Sirens have a limited range making them inaudible to a large portion of Hawaii Island. When a siren alarms, turn on your radio or television and check your mobile devices for further instruction. If you are not in range of the nearest siren, make sure you are signed up for our Blackboard text/email alert system.  

  • Blackboard: 

We also post information to the following: 

  1. Facebook: @hawaiicountycivildefense
  2. Twitter: @CivilDefenseHI
  3. Website: 

The EAS and IPAWS systems are activated during an emergency alert level of WARNING. These alerts are automatic and do not require registration. 

  1. EAS (Emergency Alert System) – Messages will scroll across your television screen and will be read over AM/FM radio.
  2. IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert & Warning System) – All cell phones are alerted unless you have turned off your notification setting.  

The sirens are tested the first working day of each month at 11:45 am, unless otherwise noted. Please contact Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency to report a siren malfunction at (808) 935-0031. 

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


East Rift Zone Eruption Thursday 8/16/18

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Thursday, August 16. 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that activity on the lower east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano has diminished and remained quiet for over a week. The only surface activity is a small, crusted lava pond inside the fissure 8 cone, and a few areas along the coast where lava is entering the ocean. Sulfur dioxide emission rates are also drastically reduced. While eruptive activity is minimal at this time, hazards remain. 

It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days, weeks, or even months later. Re-activation could occur at any time, with little to no warning. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to release daily status updates, found here:

At this time, the following access policies and restrictions are in effect: 

  • The entire flow field, including all fissures and lava features, is extremely dangerous and remains off limits.
  • Highway 137 roadblock near MacKenzie State Park and Highway 132 roadblock between Nanawale and Lava Tree State Park remains closed to the public.
  • Properties not destroyed, but isolated by lava on E. Pohoiki Road, Malama Ki Place, Halekamahina Road, and E. Pahoa-Kapoho Road are accessible to residents with Civil Defense authorization only.
  • Leilani Estates access is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required to enter Leilani Estates. Property on, and east of Pomaikai Street is in the mandatory evacuation area. For access to this area, residents must make an appointment with Civil Defense for an escort.
  • Access to Papaya Farms Road, Noni Farms Road, Railroad Avenue, the Mail Box area, and Cinder Road is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required for these areas.
  • Placards are available Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense office in Hilo, located at 920 Ululani Street from 8 AM to 4 PM. 

Civil Defense continues to monitor the situation. However, this will be our final daily Kilauea Eruption Update unless activity significantly changes.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.