After consuming a shed and a pile of tires the day before, the June 27 lava flow moved within 100 feet of a home Wednesday and continued to threaten a cluster of residences on Pahoa Village Road.
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PAHOA — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to Pahoa as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.
The June 27 lava flow remains active, however, it has not advanced since 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense. It is currently approximately 160 yards or approximately 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road and about a half-mile from Highway 130.
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.
Lower Puna residents who receive government housing assistance, already stressing over the threat of lava consuming their homes, are facing a new fear. They may have to leave their beloved community.
Kona Community Hospital has donated its mobile medical van to the Puna Community Medical Center to assist those affected by the June 27 lava flow.
A new breakout from the June 27 lava flow is now within 100 feet of a residence, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The home is located at the top of a private parcel off Pahoa Village Road.
The June 27 lava flow front appeared Monday afternoon to be within hours of impacting its first home in Pahoa, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.
Keonepoko Elementary became the first public school to close as a result of the June 27 lava flow.
Kilauea’s June 27 lava flow claimed its first structure Tuesday morning as it continued to carve a jagged black scar through the green Pahoa landscape, set on a collision course with Pahoa Village Road.
The state is asking Pahoa voters who may be impacted by the June 27 lava flow to plan on casting their votes at an alternate site.
The June 27 lava flow advanced approximately 45 yards since 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Pahoa Village Road residents in the path of the June 27 lava flow took a last look at their neighborhood Monday as Madame Pele’s arrival appeared inevitable.
A Pahoa resident has built a large dirt wall to try to protect his home from lava.
The state Department of Education announced Monday evening that it would close some schools ahead of the rapidly advancing June 27 lava flow.