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Puna Lava Zone Policy Changes Friday 8/31/18

Hawai’i County Civil Defense has announced changes to Puna lava zone policies involving restricted areas and checkpoints, as the pause in the Lower East Rift Zone eruption continues. 

The following checkpoint changes will take effect on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 6:00 PM:

  • The checkpoint will be removed at Highway 137 at Papaya Farms Road;
  • The checkpoint will be removed at Highway 137 in Opihikao;
  • The checkpoint on Highway 130 on Leilani Street will be maintained, with access only to residents, officials and authorized personnel with placards;
  • The checkpoint on Highway 132 at the “Y” intersection in Nanawale will be maintained, with access only to residents, officials and authorized personnel with placards. 

The mandatory evacuation area in Leilani Estates order is still in place. Access to the entire lava flow field (i.e., the fissures, etc.) and a 50-yard perimeter are restricted. 

Please be aware that the community needs to respect the private property rights of the residents in the lava zone, and trespassers will be prosecuted.

Aug 31 2018

Water Main Break Friday 8/31/18 12:30PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, August 31 at 12:30 in the afternoon. 

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) reports a water main break near Papa’ikou Gym. Papa’ikou residents and customers from Maluna Place, and north along Old Mamalahoa Highway, including all side roads, will be without water until DWS personnel repair the break. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Elementary and Intermediate School are closed until water services are restored. Repairs are expected to be completed by this evening.

DWS has installed a spigot for public access at the intersection of Old Mamalahoa Highway and Maluna Place.

For more information, please call 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.

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Flooding Information Thursday 8/30/18 6PM

This is a Civil Defense update for Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 in the evening. 

The American Red Cross, Hawaii County Civil Defense, State and Federal agencies continued their damage assessments from Hurricane Lane today. To report flood damage from the recent heavy rains, please call Civil Defense for a damage assessment at 808-935-0031. Teams led by VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) are also available to help clean up your home or property (debris removal, mucking out, etc.) after the damaging floods. If you would like assistance, please call 808-643-5555.

The Department of Health recommends the following actions to clean up flooded homes and businesses:

  • Remove standing water
  • Dry out your home or business
  • Remove wet materials – Materials that are wet and cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded (i.e. Carpet/flooring/padding, furniture, drywall, particle boards, insulation etc.)
  • Clean and sanitize - Hard-surfaced walls and floors, and other household surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of one cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • During clean-up, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves if floodwaters have contaminated various portions of the household. Wash all linens and clothing that has been contaminated with floodwaters in hot water, or dry clean them. 
  • For items that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, and carpeting, it is recommended that these items be discarded. Trying to salvage these items can only lead to more problems, such as the growth of molds and other microbes that will later affect your Indoor Air Quality.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is advising the public to stay out of streams, coastal, and standing waters that are contaminated by storm water. Storm water may contain harmful micro-organisms from overflowing cesspools or septic tanks as well as animal waste washed into streams and storm drains.

Thank you and please be safe. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Aug 28 2018

Current Road Closures Friday 8/31/18

Click Here for Map View: Road Closures

The following major road closures are in effect as of 10:00 am: 

  • Highway 11 - near the 30 mm (Volcano Golf Course) - one lane closure

The following secondary road closures are in effect:

  • Old Mamalahoa (Papaikou to Pepeekeo - one lane only)
  • Old Mamalahoa (Kolekole - closed)
Aug 27 2018

Pahoa Community Meeting Rescheduled 

The Community meeting in Pahoa regarding the recent Kilauea eruption has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 5. It was originally set for August 29 but is being postponed due to work on Hurricane Lane damage assessments. 

Answers to the Q&A from the 8/14/18 meeting: Click Here

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Hurricane Lane Emergency Proclamation

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WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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, the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. HST on August 17, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 17 advising that Hurricane Lane had entered Hawaiian waters and was located at 12.8 North Latitude/141.0 West Longitude or 930 miles south east of Hilo, Hawai‘i as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and;

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 a.m. HST on August 21, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 27 advising of a Hurricane Watch for the County of Hawai‘i.  Hurricane Lane was located at 14.1 North Latitude/152.3 West Longitude or 450 miles south east of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i as a Category 4. hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and;

WHEREAS, a Hurricane Watch means that possible tropical storm conditions can occur any time within the next 48 hours; and

WHEREAS, conditions associated with hurricanes and tropical storms include but are not limited to storm surge, high surf, high winds, flash flooding and heavy rain may occur; and;

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai`i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawai`i County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 7:38 a.m., August 21, 2018, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed.  Done this 21st day of August 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

County of Hawai‘i

View the signed Emergency Proclamation

Aug 17 2018

Emergency Alert Sirens and Notifications

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.

Aug 16 2018

East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 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.