Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Friday requested a presidential disaster declaration in response to the June 27 lava flow.
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Madame Pele is expected to make her debut in Pahoa early today as the June 27 lava flow reaches Apaa Street.
With the June 27 lava flow accelerating toward Pahoa, area health care providers say they are busy preparing for the possibility that highway access to lower Puna will be cut off.
The June 27 lava flow continues its advance toward Pahoa on Friday, traveling nearly 10 to 15 yards per hour, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Friday afternoon.
Alfred Lee’s family has called Pahoa home for a long time.
Hawaii County officials are keeping a constant eye on the June 27 lava flow as it begins to reach the outskirts of Pahoa.
The June 27 lava flow advanced an additional 130 yards Thursday, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said Thursday afternoon.
Construction of the Chain of Craters alternate route will speed up Friday as bulldozers begin making a path over a wall of lava rock covering the road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The leading edge of the June 27 lava flow remained at a standstill Monday.
The June 27 lava flow remains active but showed no signs of advancing during the past 24 hours, the Hawaii County Civil Defense reported Monday morning.
Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened Sunday following Hurricane Ana, except for Mauna Loa Road, which remains closed because of downed trees.
One of the more spectacular geologic features on Hawaii Island can easily be seen from Highway 11 near South Point. It is a cliff informally known as the Kahuku pali, after Kahuku Ranch. The cliff has two Hawaiian names: Pali o Mamalu, for its mauka section, and Paliokulani, for its makai section.
The front of the June 27 lava flow remained stalled Friday.
The leading edge of the lava flow threatening Pahoa appears to have temporarily ground to a halt.
Madame Pele is continuing to provide a bit of a break for lower Puna residents as they prepare for Tropical Storm Ana’s arrival.