Residents of Leilani Estates to be allowed access beginning Saturday (Sept 8)

Hawaii County Civil Defense Admnistrator Talmadge Magno announces the lifting of the mandatory evacuation of Leilani Estates, allowing residents and authorized personnel to enter the subdivision starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018. Video by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7


Mayor Harry Kim is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates, effective Saturday, September 8 at 9 a.m. The area east of Pomaika’i Street had been closed since May 31, 2018, due to lava flows and volcanic gas from the Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone eruption.

Access to Leilani Estates will remain restricted to residents and authorized personnel only. The entire flow field, including a 50-yard perimeter, remains off limits. Residents with property within the 50-yard flow field perimeter must notify Civil Defense for a waiver.

Residents returning to portions of the impacted area in Leilani Estates may experience delays of first responder services due to limited access points and road conditions.

“Leilani Estates was evacuated to preserve health and safety, and to protect residents until the hazards were reduced from the eruption,” said Mayor Harry Kim. “We are happy residents can return to their homes but caution everyone to stay vigilant and be prepared as conditions can change rapidly.”

Residents moving back into their homes should take the following safety precautions:

The Leilani Estates Community Center will be open on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Personnel from Civil Defense and the Leilani Community Association will provide information to residents returning to their homes. For further information, please contact Kelly Wooten at Civil Defense at or call (808) 935-0031.