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Saturday
Jun162018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/16/18 9 AM 

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 16 at 9 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone remains very active and continues to flow into the ocean at Kapoho.  Fissure 16 is oozing lava and is being monitored closely. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Lava now covers 5,914 acres or an area of nine and one quarter (9.24) square miles.  There have been 467 homes destroyed. 

Due to the hazardous air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

 

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.

 

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • The Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. 
  • Shuttle buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • The shuttles run every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory, and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center shelter. The full bus schedule can be found on our Civil Defense Website at HawaiiCounty.gov/Active-Alerts. 
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

 

 

 

Saturday
Jun162018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/16/18 6AM 

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 16 at 6 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone.  Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Due to the hazardous air quality conditions, the following guidance is given.

 

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, linked on our Civil Defense Agency website. (http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/)

 

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • The Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. 
  • Shuttle buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • The shuttles run every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory, and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center shelter. The full bus schedule can be found on our Civil Defense Website at HawaiiCounty.gov/Active-Alerts. 
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

 

Shuttle Bus Schedule

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Route 1 – Keaau Armory and Keaau High School Parking Lot to Keaau High School Gym

 Continuous shuttle every 20 mins

 

7:30 a.m.       Keaau Armory

 

7:35 a.m.       Keaau High School Parking Lot

 

7:40 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

 

7:45 a.m.       Parking Lot

 

7:50 a.m.       Armory

 

7:55 a.m.       Parking Lot

 

8:00 a.m.       Gym

 

8:05 a.m.       Parking Lot

 

8:10 a.m.       Armory

 

Continuous until 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Route 2 – Pahoa Community Center to Keaau High School Gym

  Continuous shuttle every hour

 

7:30 a.m.       Pahoa Gym

 

7:35 a.m.       Pahoa Community Center

 

8:00 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

 

8:30 a.m.       Pahoa Gym

 

8:35 a.m.       Pahoa Community Center

 

9:00 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

 

Continuous until 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Friday
Jun152018

East Rift Zone Eruption - FRI 6/15/18 6 PM-Update 3 

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 15 at 6 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone.  Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.  An explosive event at the Kilauea summit earlier today produced an ash plume that rose up to 10,000 feet and dispersed. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Due to the hazardous air quality conditions, the following guidance is given.

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, (http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/)

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • The Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • Shuttle buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • The shuttles run every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory, and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center shelter. The full bus schedule is listed below.
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Shuttle Bus Schedule

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Route 1 – Keaau Armory and Keaau High School Parking Lot to Keaau High School Gym

                                Continuous shuttle every 20 mins

7:30 a.m.       Keaau Armory

7:35 a.m.       Keaau High School Parking Lot

7:40 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

7:45 a.m.       Parking Lot

7:50 a.m.       Armory

7:55 a.m.       Parking Lot

8:00 a.m.       Gym

8:05 a.m.       Parking Lot

8:10 a.m.       Armory

Continuous until 9:00 p.m.

 

Route 2 – Pahoa Community Center to Keaau High School Gym

                                Continuous shuttle every hour

7:30 a.m.       Pahoa Gym

7:35 a.m.       Pahoa Community Center

8:00 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

8:30 a.m.       Pahoa Gym

8:35 a.m.       Pahoa Community Center

9:00 a.m.       Keaau High School Gym

Continuous until 9:00 p.m.

Friday
Jun152018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/15, 12:05PM - 5.3 earthquake, NO tsunami

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, June 15 at 12:05 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii.  There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.3 was centered in the summit region of Kilauea.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the ash eruption at the Kilauea Summit resulted in a small ash plume reaching 9,000 to 10,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas. 

Again, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaii.  NO tsunami threat.

If any additional information becomes available we will notify you.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Jun152018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/15/18 8AM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 15 at 8 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. The flow from Fissure 8 continues to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay, producing a large laze plume. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Due to the air quality conditions, the following guidance is given.

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • A Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii, and FEMA is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • If you need a ride, buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC between 7:30 am and 9 pm. 
  • The Keaau Armory shuttle runs every 20 minutes and the Pahoa Community Center Shelter every hour.  The full shuttle bus schedule is listed below. 
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Shuttle Bus Schedule
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Route 1 – Keaau Armory and Keaau High School Parking Lot to Keaau High School Gym
                                Continuous shuttle every 20 mins
 
7:30 a.m. Keaau Armory
7:35 a.m. Keaau High School Parking Lot
7:40 a.m. Keaau High School Gym
7:45 a.m.  Parking Lot
7:50 a.m.  Armory
7:55 a.m.  Parking Lot
8:00 a.m. Gym
8:05 a.m.  Parking Lot
8:10 a.m. Armory
Continuous until 9:00 p.m.
 
 
Route 2 – Pahoa Community Center to Keaau High School Gym
                                Continuous shuttle every hour
 
7:30 a.m. Pahoa Gym
7:35 a.m. Pahoa Community Center
8:00 a.m.  Keaau High School Gym
8:30 a.m. Pahoa Gym
8:35 a.m. Pahoa Community Center
9:00 a.m. Keaau High School Gym
Continuous until 9:00 p.m. 
 

 

Friday
Jun152018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/15/18, 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 15 at 6 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii, and FEMA will open today, at 8 a.m.
  • The DRC is located at Kea‘au High School Gymnasium and will be open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
  • People can register for assistance at the DRC, as well as having many of their questions answered.
  • FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state and county government agencies will be present at the center.
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Thursday
Jun142018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Thurs, 6/14/18, 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 14 at 6 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii, and FEMA will open tomorrow, Friday, June 15 at 8 a.m.
  • The DRC is located at Kea‘au High School Gymnasium and will be open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
  • People can register for assistance at the DRC, as well as having many of their questions answered.
  • FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state and county government agencies will be present at the center.
  • For more information on what you need to bring with you, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Thursday
Jun142018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Thurs, 6/14/18 2:30PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 14 at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you and be cautious.
  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in Leilani, Waa Waa, and Papaya Farms Road should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agenc

Thursday
Jun142018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Thurs, 6/14/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that an ash explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, be aware of ash fallout throughout Ka’u.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in Leilani, Waa Waa, and Papaya Farms Road should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun132018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Wed, 6/13/18 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 13 at 6 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. The National Weather Service reports light winds will bring vog inland and to the south, wrapping around to the Kona area.  The heavy vog conditions are expected to remain this way until the early part of next week.

Due to volcanic activity, the following guidance is given:

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you and be cautious.
  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun132018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Wed 6/13/18 12:30PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 13 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. The National Weather Service reports light winds will bring vog inland and to the south, wrapping around to the Kona area.  The heavy vog conditions are expected to remain this way until the early part of next week.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun132018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Wed, 6/13/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, be aware of ash fallout throughout Ka’u.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun122018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Tues, 6/12/18 3PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 12 at 3 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • An eruption community meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m., tonight, at the Pahoa High Cafeteria.

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

  • Leilani Estates west of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Leilani Estates residents who live east of Pomaikai Street, can contact Civil Defense to schedule an official escort to their homes to retrieve important documents and belongings. 
    • Escorted entry is conducted only when conditions are stable and access is subject to change if conditions become unsafe.
    • People with proof of residence can call Civil Defense at 935-0031 during normal business hours.  
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun122018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Tues, 6/12/18 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 12 at 12 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high. The National Weather Service reports a decrease in trade winds that will result in thicker vog through the weekend for the southern part of the island, through Pahala to Ocean View and wrapping around to Kona.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/.
  • An eruption community meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m., tonight, at the Pahoa High Cafeteria.

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

 

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice. 

 

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun122018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Tues, 6/12/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, be aware of ash fallout through Ka’u.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, through the line on our Civil Defense website.
  • An eruption community meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. this Tuesday at the Pahoa High Cafeteria.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun112018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/11/18 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 11 at 6 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds are pushing vog southwest around the southern part of the island to the Kona area.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas, do need to heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun112018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Mon, 6/11/18 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 11 at 12 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds are pushing vog southwest around the southern part of the island to the Kona area.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues. If possible, close the windows and use your air conditioner.
  • Avoid the laze plume at the ocean entry.
  • You can monitor latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • There is no immediate threat, but Residents in these areas, do need to heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun112018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Mon, 6/11/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 11 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

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

  • Avoid the laze plume.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of gas exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Sunday
Jun102018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Sun, 6/10/18, 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 10 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow entering the ocean at Kapoho. Volcanic gas emissions from fissure eruptions remain very high. The National Weather Service reports that trade winds are pushing volcanic emissions southwest though Pahala to Ocean View areas. 

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open only to residents of Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents downwind, do reduce exposure to volcanic emissions by staying indoors and closing windows or leaving the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.
  • Do heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Armory are open and pet-friendly. 

The Recovery Information and Assistance Center at the Pahoa Community Center is closed on Monday, June 11, in observance of King Kamehameha Day and will re-open Tuesday, June 12.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Sunday
Jun102018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Sun, 6/10/18, 1PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho. Volcanic gas emissions from fissure eruptions remain very high. The National Weather Service reports that trade winds are pushing volcanic emissions southwest though Pahala to Ocean View areas. 

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open only to residents of Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents downwind, do reduce exposure to volcanic emissions by staying indoors and closing windows or leaving the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.
  • Do heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Armory are open and pet-friendly. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.