(ABOVE VIDEO) Civil Defense head Darryl Oliveira updates residents on a new lava flow that could eventually pose a threat to homes in Puna during a community meeting. This is the first video in a series documenting the August 25 meeting in Pahoa.
Video by David Corrigan
PAHOA, Hawaii – Hawaii County Civil Defense and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory held a community meeting in Pahoa on Monday night to educate residents on a new lava flow that could eventually pose a threat to homes in Puna.
Hundreds packed the Pahoa Community Center to hear what officials had to say. The standing room only crowd spilled outside, craning their necks to see and hear the latest on the fast moving lobe of lava. Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira did most of the talking. He thanked the community for their help during these trying times. Many in Puna are still traumatized following the destruction of Hurricane Iselle, which downed trees and power lines across the district. Now a possible new threat is heading towards populated areas.
All officials stressed that there is no imminent threat. However, the proximity and the current direction of flow dictates a raised awareness of the situation. Kaohe Homestead is the community nearest the lava flow. On Sunday, a smaller meeting was held to inform those particular residents about the activity.
UPDATED: The video of USGS HVO Scientist-in-charge Jim Kauahikaua is now online:
UPDATED: We have just finished uploading a lenghty “Question and Answer” segment between residents and officials, including Mayor Billy Kenoi. It should be noted that we extracted the portions relating to Puna Geothermal Venture and the problems the facility faced when Iselle hit. We will be posting a separate video compilation on that topic from this meeting.
We will update this page throughout the day as new videos from the meeting are uploaded.
by Big Island Video News
A meeting was held in Pahoa to educate residents on a new lava flow that could eventually pose a threat to homes in Puna.