Heavier vog to blanket interior and southern parts of the island

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 14 at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you and be cautious.
  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, linked on our Civil Defense website.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in Leilani, Waa Waa, and Papaya Farms Road should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.