Editor's Note: This list will be updated as new information comes into the newsroom.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed indefinitely due to the anticipation of a steam-induced explosion at Halemaumau Crater on Kilauea's summit. Click here for more information.
The closure includes the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Post Office. Customers of this office can pick up their mail at the Volcano Post Office at 19-4030 Old Volcano Highway. (See below for additional impacts to the U.S. Postal Service.)
All public schools on Hawaii island as well as school bus transportation are operating on normal schedules.
Hawaii State Department of Education structural engineers performed site inspections at all public schools in the Hilo-Waiakea and Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Areas and found no significant structural damage from recent earthquake activity.
Select public charter schools are closing on a case-by-case basis. Contact your school for the latest information.
Air quality will be monitored at area schools. Should air quality drop, schools are prepared to shelter-in-place in designated locations.
- Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
- Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Highway 137.
- No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
Earthquake activity has prompted the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks to close its Lava Tree State Monument and Mackenzie State Recreation Area until further notice. Gates to these parks will be locked and closure signs posted.
U.S. Postal Service Impacts
The Hilo Downtown Post Office reopened for business Monday, May 7.
The postal facility, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, was closed on Friday, May 4, when the federal building was evacuated due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption.
USPS reminds residents of the evacuated areas of Pahoa/Puna that they should pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office at 15-2859 Pahoa Village Road while their neighborhoods are inaccessible.
USPS also advises that all residents who have evacuated in response to the eruption, whether from the officially evacuated neighborhoods or other nearby areas, submit Change of Address forms so that their mail can be redirected to them in a timely manner.
Kalapana Transfer Station
The Kalapana Transfer Station is closed until further notice. The closure is due to the inability of the County’s commercial vehicles to safely access the site. The public can continue to use the Pahoa Transfer Station, located in Pahoa Village and open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.