• 22 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
    19°25’16″ N 155°17’13″ W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Activity Summary: K?lauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Summit deflation slowed over the past day, and the lava lake level was relatively stable and low. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow slowed to a stop, but the flow remains active farther upslope within Kaohe Homesteads. Surface breakouts are also present closer to Pu`u `O`o.

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: A Civil Defense overflight this morning found little advancement or activity along the front of the June 27th lava flow. A breakout several meters (yards) upslope, however, was advancing into forest along the north edge of the flow, and moving in a northeasterly direction. With almost no advancement over the past day, the nearly inactive flow front this morning remained 16.4 km (10.2 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line, and the actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) was 18.7 km (11.6 miles).

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts by itself has been very vigorous, but together they compose a significant portion of the total flow volume. Some of these breakouts are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 22 Sep 2014 /  Lava Reports, news

    Puna residents seem to have learned something from Tropical Storm Iselle, when social network pages such as “Iselle Recovery Assistance: Offers and Requests” proved a vital tool in the recovery effort. Iselle Recovery Assistance remains active, both as a communications tool for the continuing recovery efforts after the storm and as a networking tool for coping with Puna’s lava crisis. And it’s been joined by several Facebook sites devoted to various aspects of the eruption and its effects on lower Puna. Below are some of them, with their membership as of this morning and their mission statements:

    Puna Unification: We Stay! (494 members): “Group for those who want to stay in touch with the flow of the Lava and create more unity in the event of getting cutoff or much longer route. Let’s work together and help each other out!
    We can share info here on what is going on, pictures, requests and ideas for a more self-sufficient Puna.”

    Lavaocean Transport (204 members): “With the probability of hwy 130 being cut off by the current lava flows we are proposing an ocean transportation service from Pohoiki to Hilo. Our Armstrong Marine built 40ft catamaran can transport 49 people in comfort at a time from Pohoiki to Hilo 1 1/2 hour ride each way.”

    Puna Temporary Relocation (32 members): “For now this page is for networking between people who have B&B and vacation rental units that they are willing to rent out on a week to week basis to people being displaced in Puna. We are working on getting an exemption created for GE and Tourism tax. Also, creating guidelines for making sure Lessees are actually being displaced and keeping Lessors from charging inflated rates. We are also looking into existing booking sites that will offer a listing page and insurance for the landlords. A lot to do, but hopefully it comes together!”

    Puna Disaster Group (163 members): “This group is for the sole purpose of keeping residents and friends apprised of the events that could impact Puna. Please – No unrelated rants, religion, politics or trolling will be allowed. Posts found not to conform to this group’s standards will be removed.”

    Puna Disaster& Relief (698 members): “This group is for all in need and are offering help for others either from storm, lava or just in general. And for those needing help a place to post their needs.”

    PunaLava Updates (244 members): This group hasn’t filed an “about” statement, but the title is self-explanatory.

    Kokua Puna! (102 members): “Information about drop off/pick up sites, donations, and spreading aloha to our community of Puna!”

    Puna Ride Share (9 members): “This group is in response to the need to reduce/reuse and recycle of our resources. there will be alot of folks needing to go to Hilo for various reasons… why not share our resources? Folks who offer rides can ask for donations for gas, thus cutting the costs for everyone!” (Ed. note: ‘Not sure if this group was founded in response to the lava threat, but if the emergency routes need to be used, ride-sharing will certainly be useful.)

    Puna Area (pele) Lava Assistance/help (54 members): “I created this site for people of puna/pahoa/ kalapana needing help moving, relocating animals or any questions or need information…
    We all need to Help each other & one another in our community….”

    Lava Flow Support Network: Help or Be Helped (517 members: “This page is dedicated to the spirit of aloha- Post emergency projects, service or supplies; either needed or available. A True Unification project brought to you by Pele.”

    Lava Awe Hawaii (1,587 members): This group has three rules: 1. Honor Pele. As I write this the lava is approaching many people’s backyards, However it is often inaccessible, so not everyone can make an offering to Pele. Write your posts in this group with respect to her. Consider each of your words in this group to be an offering…. 2. Help one another.As the lava approaches – let the group know your needs. Let’s help each other prepare for our host Pele to claim her land (which we live on)…. 3. Friendship and awareness. Since this is Lava Awe Hawaii (not Lava Fight Hawaii), make each post in reverence and respect for one another….
    In this group we promote and believe in open access to the lava for worship, sustenance, and the spiritual growth. We also respect and encourage following laws of the land to gain access…. (Ed. note: This group’s statement was too long to include in its entirety. For more, see the site.)

    Kapoho Disaster Preparedness (15 members): “To work together as a community – and help friends, neighbors and family.”
    #Lavahhousing and #Lavarideshare (57 members): “Helping Puna help one another!!! Post Carpool Requests using hashtag or code #carpool. Post housing requests or offers using hashtag #housing.”

    If you know of other groups, please share them in a comment.

    –Alan McNarie

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  • 20 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    Proposed alternate bus routes if lava cuts Highway 130

  • The University of Hawaii at Hilo will open its dorms to some students who may be displaced by the ongoing lava flow, according to an letter from the chancellors of UH-Hilo and Hawaii Community College to students. The university is also posting updates and general information, housing requests and offers, and ride information online.
    “Students without dependents or animals may apply for temporary accommodations in on-campus residence halls. To learn more, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/puna-lava-flow/on-campus-housing.ph” stated the letter, which also referred students in search of housing to he Hawaii County Housing Office’s online resource guide. The colleges have also created a bulletin board at where students can post housing needs, those with housing available can offer it, and commuting students can arrange shared rides.
    “At present, classes and work schedules continue as usual at both campuses. Should Highway 130 become blocked by the lava flow, classes will remain open and students are encouraged to continue attending classes on campus. Should all access roads become impassible, we are establishing on-line course options for people who are dislocated and unable to get to campus. We will work with the county to establish sites where students can access the Internet,” stated the letter. “If you have concerns or inquiries about courses, please email uh4puna@hawaii.edu for information. We ask that students connect with their professors and instructors, and that faculty and staff connect with their supervisors or deans, to discuss their situation.”
    –Alan McNarie

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  • 19 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    From Barbara Garcia, publisher of Ke Ola Magazine:

    This message is so important, I needed to send out a separate email from the one I sent earlier this week. The latest report on the June 27th lava flow is that it could hit the P?hoa transfer station as early as next week, Sept. 25th, and Pahoa Village Rd. just north of the post office, as early as Sept. 29th.
    We all need to mobilize to get as many boxes and packing materials to Lower Puna as quickly as we can, so our neighbors can get packed and evacuate. The inventory at the stores in East Hawai?i have already been depleted.
    We started a campaign on our Facebook page to collect boxes and have them dropped off at Great American Self Storage in Kailua Kona. We need to keep that going, and also, we could really use help transporting them from Great American to Pahoa Community Center where they will be distributed. They can also be dropped off at Shipman Self Storage in Kea`au. If anyone you know is driving from Kona to Hilo in the next few days, could you please ask them to drop by Great American Self Storage, behind Target, to pick up a load of flattened boxes to take with them? This would really help a lot! We’ve already donated several hundred recycled/reusable boxes in the past week, we want to make it thousands with your help!
    Shipman Self Storage has agreed to be a drop off point as well as a pick up point for those in need, so that?s another option.
    Our friends at LAVA 105 are starting PSAs tomorrow morning, Friday, so we expect the donations to grow quickly, and that no reusable boxes will be taken to the recycling center until every person in Lower Puna has all the supplies they need to get their belongings packed up and moved. Any and all help is appreciated!
    Please k?kua Puna!

     

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  • 18 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
    19°25’16″ N 155°17’13″ W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Activity Summary: Kilauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Deflation occurred over the past day, with minor fluctuations in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow is advancing through forest in Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Pu`u O`o.

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active. An HVO overflight yesterday afternoon observed that the flow continues heading in a northeast direction through thick forest in the northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads. The flow front had advanced at an average rate of 290 m/day (960 ft/day) between Sept. 15 and 17, which is slightly higher than the advance rate of 215 m/day (705 ft/day) between Sept. 12 and 15. The leading tip of the flow has narrowed over the past several days, and was 90-140 m wide (300-460 ft) – this narrowing may be related to its increase in advance rate. The flow front was 16.0 km (10 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) was 18.3 km (11.4 miles). The flow front yesterday afternoon was 2.7 km (1.7 miles) upslope from Apa`a Road. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    A Civil Defense overflight this morning observed continued advancement of the flow, with the flow front remaining narrow.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu`u O`o, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 18 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news, politics

    From the ACLU Web site:

     

    Read the settlement agreement: 17 Stipulation to Dismiss with Prejudice and Order

    HONOLULU, HI – 9/18/14 – Advocates are pleased with the promise of new rules for free speech activities on state land – including at the State Capitol – in the wake of a federal First Amendment lawsuit, ACLU v. Seki, settled on 9/5/14.

    As part of the settlement agreement, the State is agreeing to wholesale revisions to its rules regarding demonstrations on State property. Effective immediately:

    • Individuals or groups (of any size) wishing to demonstrate at the State Capitol (or other property controlled by the Department of Accounting and General Services (“DAGS”)) no longer need a permit.
    • Demonstrators can have a small table to distribute literature, no permit needed.
    • Demonstrators can get a permit, if desired, to reserve a space, but will no longer have to indemnify the state and will not have to obtain insurance if they cannot afford it.

    The settlement concludes a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU”) and the law firm of Chun Kerr, LLP (“Chun Kerr”) on behalf of plaintiffs Pamela G. Lichty and the ACLU in March 2014, documenting burdensome requirements for obtaining a permit – including requirements that small groups get the government’s permission before holding a protest; that individuals have to agree to indemnify the State for any injuries arising from their protest (even if the injuries are caused by the protesters’ opponents); and that individuals or groups apply for a permit weeks in advance (with no exception for spontaneous demonstrations in response to sudden events or news). The ACLU had been trying to resolve these issues with the State informally since 2010, but the State did not agree to change these permitting requirements until after the lawsuit was filed.

    Pamela G. Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Action Group, whose organization ran up against these regulations while planning a rally at the Capitol said: “This settlement is a win for freedom of speech, and for grassroots organizations like ours that need to respond to current events quickly and without layers of government bureaucracy getting in the way of our message.”

    Attorney Alexandra Rosenblatt of Chun Kerr said: “Objective, consistent standards for access to Hawaii’s public spaces will better safeguard equal treatment and equal protection for all community voices – a critical responsibility of government. We are relieved that DAGS will now have policies that uphold the rights to free speech and assembly as guaranteed in the First Amendment”

    For more information about use of government property for demonstrations, and permitting, please see the ACLU of Hawaii’s First Amendment Toolkit: http://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/first-amendment-toolkit/#QRpermit

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  •  From http://www.agroforestrydesign.net :

    Agroforestry Solutions for Hilo-H?m?kua Districts

    A free evening presentation at UH-Hilo by Dave Sansone, agroforestry consultant

    Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: UH-Hilo, University Classroom Building (UCB), Room 100
    Sponsored by: UH-Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM)
    and Agroforestry Design, LLC

    Rampant weeds, acidic soil, nutrient leaching (loss) from heavy rain, erosion and deforestation are some the issues that Hilo and Hamakua farmers and gardeners face. Dave Sansone, agroforestry consultant and owner of Agroforestry Design.net, will be offering a free slideshow presentation called “Agroforestry Solutions for Hilo and H?m?kua Districts”, on Friday, September 19th at 7pm at UH-Hilo, UCB Room 100.   Uncommon and rare plant prizes.

    Hilo and H?m?kua Districts have a diversity of growing conditions including various soil types, elevations, rainfall patterns and totals; yet there are a number agroforestry practices that can be adapted to help farmers and gardeners overcome each area’s challenges and limitations. “Agroforestry, is the targeted integration of agriculture and forestry crops and practices, and can be used to win the war on weeds, increase fertility and production, improve soil quality and plant health, recycle nutrients, trap erosion, and reduce reliance on outside inputs”, says Sansone.

    One of the most common challenges are the many weeds that never seem to take a break, especially in the warm high humidity and rainfall areas. A number of the more noxious weeds such as wainaku or hono hono will grow if they are dropped on the ground. No spray farms and gardens usually struggle in these conditions and often resort to mowing, weed whacking, or importing mulch to keep weeds down.

    Rather than fighting a never ending battle against the weeds, agroforestry can empower people to “succeed the weeds” by planting a mix of fast growing food plants, nitrogen fixing tree and shrub (NFTS) hedgerows that eliminate weeds, especially through shading and mulch created by severely pruning hedgerows. This system has been shown to reduce leaching, recycle nutrients, and increase available fertility and organic matter.

    Well-designed rapid growing acid tolerant polycultures such as cow pea or other vigorous legumes, cassava, pigeon pea (aka Gandudi bean or Cajan Cajanus), and banana can quickly shade and mulch out low growing weed seedlings while NFTS hedgerows become established. This can offer early, reliable production with minimal inputs or effort after established.

    Occasional alleys can utilize strategic companion planting of grains, beans, roots, shrubs, crop trees, and overstory trees in intercrop rows between the NFTS hedgerows. Shade loving and tolerant plants can be added later including cardamom or maile. This model offers increasing production while reducing effort and inputs along with biological weed control while reducing the amount of land needed to grow vegetables and tree crops. Slow growing spice and exotic fruit crops command high prices due to the time it takes to reach maturity, but farmers who integrate them into diverse farms can adapt operations to have continuous production while the high value trees grow.

    Acidic soil due to leaching of calcium, sodium and magnesium by heavy rain is a more complex issue. While agricultural lime can raise the pH, it is a short term solution that is largely dependent on outside inputs. It seems that acidic soils have been a major limiting factor here for thousands of years. To learn more about new and traditional agroforestry solutions to overcome acid soils and other challenges that Hilo and H?m?kua farmers and gardeners face, attend “Agroforestry Solutions for Hilo and H?m?kua Districts”.

    More information is available at www.agroforestrydesign.net/events

    About the presenter: Dave Sansone is owner of Agroforestry Design.net, LLC which offers agroforestry and permaculture consultation and research and services on Hawai’i Island. He has been developing restoration agroforestry models since 2002 and has worked with over 1,000 species of plants in a diversity of climates, conditions, and cultivation systems.   Dave promotes agroforestry models that integrate site adapted species, perennials, native species, and endangered species as a way to effectively address the 6th Great Extinction, climate change, and increasing population while growing the best food possible.  He has offered inspiring and informative presentations at numerous venues including conferences, universities, and colleges.

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  • 17 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    CleaningPartyplanning is sponsoring  pot luck and food drive for Puna Disaster Relief  on Thursday, September 18,  10:30-2Pm at Keaau Park.    All foods and aid are welcome, and will be distributed at the event  that day.  To volunteer, call (808)430-5130.

  • 17 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
    19°25’16″ N 155°17’13″ W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Activity Summary: Kilauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Slight deflation occurred over the past day, with minor fluctuations in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow is advancing through forest in Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Pu`u O`o.

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight this morning observed that the flow continues heading in a northeast direction through thick forest in the northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads. The flow front had advanced at an average rate of 270 m/day (890 ft/day) between Sep 15 and 17, which is slightly higher than the advance rate of 215 m/day (705 ft/day) between Sept. 12 and 15. The flow front was 15.9 km (9.9 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) was 18.2 km (11.3 miles). The flow front this morning was 2.8 km (1.7 miles) upslope from Apa`a Road. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu`u  O`o, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 17 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

    This is an Eruption and Lava Flow Information Update for Wednesday September 17th at 8:00 AM.

    Daily over flights and assessments are continuing. This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues towards the northeast and has advanced approximately 350 yards since yesterday. The active edge of the surface flow is moving through the upper northwest corner of the Kaohe Homesteads and across vacant forested parcels. The leading edge or front of the flow is approximately 100 yards wide. Currently the flow does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary. There is no brush fire threat at this time and all burning is limited to the vegetation that is in direct contact with the flow. Smoke conditions were moderate to heavy this morning over the Kaohe area and may vary depending on wind conditions.

    Construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road are continuing. These activities are to establish alternate road access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.

    The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents only. Everyone’s cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.

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  • 14 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Activity Summary: K?lauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Summit inflation continued, with only slight fluctuations in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow continues to advance through forest near Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Pu?u ????.

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight this morning observed that the flow front was moving in a more northward direction over the past day, which is a slight shift from its previous northeast direction. The flow had traveled roughly 270 m (300 yards) since Friday, suggesting that the flow advance rate may have slowed over the past several days. The flow front remains close to the boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve and Kaohe Homesteads. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    The most recent HVO overflight was Friday afternoon. The flow front at that time was 14.9 km (9.3 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line, and 170 m (0.1 miles) from the Forest Reserve/Kaohe Homesteads boundary. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) was 17.1 km (10.6 miles). Between September 10 and 12 the advance rate was approximately 250 meters (270 yards) per day.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 13 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    Even as Puna braces for the lava flow, groups such as Hawaii Habitat for the Humanities are still working on cleanup and rebuilding  in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle.  Janice Ikeda Bueltman of Hawaii Island United Way relays the appeal below. –ADM

    “Volunteer help is still needed. If you or someone you know is available to help with tree/debris removal or to help with home repair, please fill out the attached form and fax, email or send to Habitat For Humanity. MAHALO!”
    FAX: (808)331-8020
    EMAIL: info@habitatwesthawaii.org
    MAIL:
    Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii
    PO Box 4619
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

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  • 12 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    (Media release) Following is

    Mayor Billy Kenoi statement on President Obama’s Hawaii Disaster Declaration:

    “We want to thank President Obama, Governor Abercrombie, and all those who worked on this request for assistance to restore our public infrastructure following Tropical Storm Iselle,” said County of Hawai?i Mayor Billy Kenoi. “This federal assistance will help us to repair public facilities and mitigate future hazards. However, individual assistance for our residents and homeowners is also needed, and our team continues to work with the state on our appeal to convince FEMA to reconsider our request for individual assistance.”

  • 12 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight yesterday at 12:30 pm showed the flow front was still moving in a general northeast direction, bringing it closer to the western boundary of Kaohe Homesteads (which is the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve). The flow front at that time was 14.8 km (9.2 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line, and 0.3 km (0.2 miles) from the Forest Reserve/Kaohe Homesteads boundary. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) is 16.9 km (10.5 miles). Between September 6 and 10, the flow front advanced at approximately 400 meters (460 yards) per day. Between September 10 and 11 the advance rate dropped slightly to approximately 300 meters (330 yards) per day. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 11 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    (Media release) —
    A Lava Flow Informational Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the P?hoa High School Cafeteria.

    Representatives from public agencies, private companies, and community groups will be on hand to answer questions about transportation, moving, storage, insurance, finances, legal matters, health care, and more.

    For more information on the Lava Flow Informational Fair, call Hawai‘i County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.