One of the concerns of Hawaii County officials and residents is how the recent and current disasters —Tropical Storm Iselle and the lava flow —will affect Hawaii Island's economy. HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.
The latest report from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense says after a week of little to no movement of the front of the lava flow near Pahoa Village, it advanced yesterday about 25 yards. There are also some lava fingers breaking out higher up the volcano. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to Mayor Billy Kenoi to get an update on how Hawaii County is preparing.
The progress of the lava flow on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has slowed. It’s moved more than ten miles since it began its current flow on June 27th. And as it lingers outside Pāhoa town, local residents are sharing memories about the island’s last lava flow that wiped out a town. HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.