Hawai'i County Mayor Harry Kim lifts mandatory evacuation in Leilani Estates
Mayor Harry Kim is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates, effective Saturday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m. The area east of Pomaika’i Street had been closed since May 31, 2018 due to lava flows and volcanic gas from the Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone eruption.
Access to Leilani Estates will be open to residents and authorized personnel only. The entire flow field, including a 50-yard perimeter, remains off limits.
“Leilani Estates was evacuated to preserve health and safety, and to protect residents until the hazards were reduced from the eruption” said Mayor Harry Kim. “We are happy residents can return to their homes but caution everyone to stay vigilant and be prepared as conditions can change rapidly.”
Hawaii County Civil Defense advises the public to follow these guidelines:
- Maintain awareness – Have a rapid retreat plan and monitor messages from Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and HVO. The eruption could resume at any time.
- Consider eye and breathing protection against volcanic particulates, which irritate the eyes, respiratory system and skin. Be aware that sweeping, shoveling, or wiping the material can produce glassy dust.
- Volcanic gases are still present around and downwind of fissures, particularly Fissure 8, and some cracks. Such emissions might take weeks or months to cease once eruptive activity ends.
- Be aware of large ground cracks which remain on roads and across land parcels, and be mindful while walking or driving in the area.
- Dead vegetation – Trees and other vegetation killed during the eruption may fall suddenly
Leilani Community Association and Leilani Community Center will be open on Saturday at 9 a.m.