(BIVN) – The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports earthquakes continue at the Kilauea Summit. Fissure 8 continues to erupt sending lava flows into the ocean at Ahalanui, creating a large laze plume, civil defense says.
As of last evening the Western edge of the flow had not advanced southward and remained approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp at Isaac Hale Park, officials said. Ikaika Marzo, aboard a Paradise Helicopters overflight this morning, recorded video that shows Pohoiki boat ramp still stands. Later, photos published by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory provided an even closer look.
For several days, observers have also noted pooling of the lava at the channel bend just west of Kapoho Crater. USGS provided a photo from a Wednesday overflight.
In the summit area, State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11, but requests motorists stay on the pavement and be alert for changes in roadway conditions between mile markers 28 and 32.
The Disaster Recovery Center is now located at the Pahoa Community Center. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Access placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street in Hilo.
The Hub, aka Pu‘uhonua o Puna, is downsizing in order to meet the changing needs of the community. The following statement was recently shared by Hub volunteers:
When we started Pu‘uhonua o Puna on May 5, we did it in response to the lava flow in Leilani Estates. Our overarching goal was to serve community, to provide info, supplies and a place for folks to be embraced with aloha and to share in a hot meal.
Over the last 12 weeks, we’ve been open seven days a week, for 12+ hours a day. Our operation is entirely community-driven and volunteer run. We are a mix of mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, aunties, uncles, tutu and papa… sacrificing family time, taking off from work, giving of ourselves to help those in need because we are one island community, and when someone is in need – you help, it’s just the Hawai’i way.
We want to take this opportunity to mahalo you. All of you, who donated supplies on an ongoing basis, who contributed to our recovery fund, who volunteered so we could operate our supply depot, who brought meals to nourish us, who came to give hugs, and who shared our story of community helping community across the state and world. We are humbled by your generosity, and especially, your faith and trust in us.
To date, we’ve operated out of containers and under canopy tents; this has meant someone has had to sleep over at the Hub since day one to provide security. It’s a lot of ask of our volunteers, and we’re so appreciative of their selfless kokua.
Over the last month, there have been fewer folks coming to the Hub for supplies and meals. In talking with those who drop by, we learned that many ‘ohana are starting to get back on their feet and rebuild. We are stoked to have been part of their journey to recovery.
Having said that, we are in the process of downsizing our operation. The needs of our community have changed, and we pride ourselves in being nimble and able to adapt to meet the ongoing needs of our community.
We still plan to operate our info and supply Hub, but with a revised schedule. We will be on break starting August 1, so we can reorganize our supply depot as well as give our hard working volunteers a much needed break. We will reopen Monday, August 13. Our revised schedule is as follows: Hub will be OPEN every Monday and Friday only, 1oam to 8pm. Should this change, we will let you know. Also, because we were founded to assist those impacted/displaced by the lava flow, please know that our priority at the Hub is to serve: Leilani Estates, Lani Puna, Kapoho Beach Lots, Highway 132, Noni Farms Road, Hale Kamahina, Pohoiki Road, Hinalo Street, Opihikao, Malama Ki, Ahalanui and Vacationland. Mahalo for understanding.
Our work in and with community has been incredibly rewarding. We’ve enjoyed making new friends and being of service to others. While we plan to continue being a grassroots group, we wanted you to know that we are in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with a community development corporation designation. We believe that our group can and will play a critical role in the rebuilding and strengthening of our Puna and island community. We will post updates once our status is official! We are hoping for things to be done by end of 2018 that way we can generate tax deductible letters to everyone who gave. We know all of you gave from the heart, regardless of us not having NPO status, however we feel this is something small we can do to mahalo you.
Over the next week, we will be doing mahalo posts for everyone who has given to our recovery account and helped us with our operations. We are working with community impacted by the lava flow as well as a variety of nonprofits and foundations to determine how best to invest our money so we can revitalize Puna. We want to be transparent and share with you that we haven’t spent any recovery funds to date because we wanted to have our nonprofit status as well as clear parameters for how the money would be used.
Thank you for being such amazing and generous supporters.
Oceans of aloha and gratitude,
The HUB Crew