Red Cross update on Puna shelters, and offer of Mother’s Day lunch for evacuees


HONOLULU, HI- May 12, 2018: Two American Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:

As of midnight, there were about 340 residents at the Pahoa shelter and about 40 residents at the Keaau shelter. Nearly 80 Red Cross workers have been assisting evacuees with their immediate emergency needs.

Since May 3, the Red Cross, along with Hawaii County partners, have distributed hundreds of blankets, sheets, pillows, futons, towels, masks, toiletry kits, and other items; as well as nearly 5,800 snacks. The Red Cross is also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals. Additionally, trained Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers are staffing the shelters and have provided medical aid and comfort to over 500 individuals.

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Red Cross holds Mother’s Day lunch at the Pahoa shelter Sunday (May 13)

The American Red Cross of Hawaii, together with community partners Ahiu Hawaii, Hawaii Land Stewards, Kalalau Ranch, doTERRA, and Paradise Automotive, are hosting a Mother’s Day lunch 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Pahoa District Park Gym. The event will offer entertainment and chair massages for Mothers staying at the Pahoa and Keeau shelters (sorry, not for the general public).

Pahoa District Park Gym – outside area

(15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)

During this time of uncertainty and hardship in having to evacuate their homes and stay in a shelter, we want our Mothers to know that they are loved and appreciated.

Mahalo to Ahiu Hawaii, Hawaii Land Stewards, Kalalau Ranch, doTERRA, Healing Hands Foundation, and Paradise Automotive for sponsoring the lunch, massage, gift bags, and entertainment. Zippy’s Napoleon Bakery, KTA Superstores, Big Island Candies, and Island Naturals are donating desserts, and Target has leis for these special Moms.