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Questions, answers about Big Island lava flow

HONOLULU — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown.

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State plans road work

Alternating single lane closures will be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 45 and 39.5, in the vicinity of Kapapala Ranch for pavement reconstruction, according to the state Department of Transportation.