Kapoho Bay ocean entry remains active, laze hazard continues

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 4 at 11:30 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow that entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night. The ocean entry remains active and is currently a half-mile wide. The flow is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. 

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

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. 
  • 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.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports parts of the channelized flow from Fissure 8 are starting to break out and move north, approaching Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road.

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

  • There is no access to the lower Puna area, Highway 132, and Highway 137 due to lava inundation.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area 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.