Flow front still above Four Corners, could cross within hours

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 1 at 12:00 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue on the east rift of Kilauea. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large flow. As of 11:00 a.m. this morning, the flow front was still above the Four Corners area. At the present rate, it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within hours.

Due to the rapid lava flow, the following policies are in effect for the Four Corners area (the intersection of Highway 132 and 137):

  • Residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are advised to complete evacuation or risk isolation.
  • Traffic is flowing both ways to allow evacuation.
  • Shelters at the Kea’au Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church have been relocated to the Kea’au Armory, in the back of the Herbert Shipman Park, off of Highway 11. The shelter at Pahoa Community Center remains open. The shelters are pet friendly.

Leilani Estate east of Pomaikai Street is under mandatory evacuation order. All persons must clear the area by now.

The Pahoa Post Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. to distribute mail and packages to evacuees and residents experiencing interruptions in mail delivery service.

For your safety, heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and stay alert.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.