Officials Stop Kapoho Access as Lava Nears Homes

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho on Wednesday afternoon.

As of 4:30 p.m., Hawai`i County Civil Defense say the flow is expanding south along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots.

Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

As a result of active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not being allowed.

County officials say no additional houses have been destroyed at this time.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawai`i County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. Anyone in need of a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster,  visit the Civil Defense website.

Photo: Continued eruption at Fissure 8 feeds the voluminous lava channel to the ocean as seen during this morning’s overflight of the lava-flow field on June 27. USGS image.