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Fallen Pine Tree causes power interruption for North Kohala

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that about 2,100 customers experienced a power interruption beginning a little after 5:30 p.m. after a pine tree fell onto and broke lines near Kynnersley Road in North Kohala.

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Utility poles and power lines continue to fall in eruption area, HELCO urges caution

Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds the community that the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens areas are designated as a no-entry zone for its crews. Poles and lines continue to fall in these areas each day due to continued ground swelling and cracking. Even though portions of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are de-energized, back-feed

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No-Entry zone established for Hawaii Electric Light crews in Leilani Estates

Hawai‘i Electric Light announced that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna Gardens has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews. These areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking, sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of SO2. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last […]

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Hawaii Electric Light sets up webpage for customer updates

Hawai‘i Electric Light has set up a page on its website for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption and for those who may have questions about billing and service during the emergency.

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Pahoa Post Office temporarily closed due to reduced air quality

Due to air quality concerns, the Pahoa Post Office is closed for business today, Thursday, May 17. This closure encompasses mail delivery as well as retail operations. The office will reopen and delivery will resume when conditions permit. This closure will be reevaluated on a day-to-day basis.

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Hawaiian Telcom offering free phone calls, WiFi at Pahoa, and Keaau shelters

Hawaiian Telcom is offering free local and long distance calling at the Pāhoa Regional Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street) and Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua Street) to support East Hawai‘i residents who evacuated their homes due to the recent volcanic eruptions.

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BLNR approves fines for illegal lava tour boat operators

The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) voted on May 11, 2018, to approve administrative fines against Henry K. Pomroy, Bill A. Fujimoto, and Ho‘okupu Fish Company, LLC, regarding instances of illegal commercial lava boat tours on Hawai‘i Island. Pomroy was issued a criminal citation for violation of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, but the Hawai‘i […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 9.5 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.91/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.86/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Utility poles down in Leilani Estates subdivision Sunday, May 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of HELCO.

HELCO finds utility poles damaged from lava and quakes

Two poles damaged by a nearby lava flow fell on Kahukai Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision today, underscoring the need for continued caution around electric equipment even in areas where eruption activity has subsided.

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Update from Puna Geothermal Venture and parent company Ormat

After the frequency of earthquakes increased dramatically, plant personnel closed and secured the facility per the emergency response plan. As part of that, we have done the following: We shut down the power plant and the geothermal wells have all been shut down. All pentane, a flammable fluid used in the electricity generation process, has […]

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Gov. Ige issues supplemental emergency proclamation to ensure safety at PGV

The team assembled will review and assess the existing PGV Emergency Response Plan and develop a specific mission strategy deemed appropriate to mitigate potential impacts from lava.

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HELCO inspecting power lines and poles, shutting off gear damaged by lava

Hawai‘i Electric Light personnel are inspecting equipment in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna subdivisions and shutting down parts of circuits that are threatened or already damaged by the lava flow. Line crews today replaced a pole on Leilani Avenue that may have been toppled by volcanic activity that shifted the ground.

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Downtown Hilo Post Office and Federal Building

Hilo Downtown Post Office reopens, Puna eruption evacuees pick up mail at Pahoa Post Office

USPS announced today that the Hilo Downtown Post Office has reopened for business. The postal facility, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, had been closed on May 4 when the federal building was evacuated due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 1.1 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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