Mauna Loa Eruption: What you need to know : Big Island Now



Big Island Now will provide information about the Mauna Loa eruption as it is made available. This information will be updated regularly.

Flights: Passengers with flights to Hilo International Airport (ITO) or the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) should check with their airline prior to heading to the airport due to the volcanic activity at Mauna Loa. 

Evacuations: None at this time.

Shelters: Volunteers with the American Red Cross and the Hawai’i County Parks and Recreation Department have opened two shelters.

  • Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area – 75-5560 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona
  • Ka’u District Gym Multi-Purpose Room – 96-1219 Kamani St., Pāhala
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Shelter workers stand ready to help those affected by providing shelter and immediate necessities. Those coming to the shelter are advised to bring essentials such as medicine, important documentation and personal protective equipment like masks and sanitizer. For those with pets, animals are welcome.

The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at redcross.org/hawaii, or a brochure can be requested by calling 808-734-2101.  

Ashfall Advisory is canceled: The threat for ashfall has ended. However, people with
respiratory illness or sensitivities should continue be mindful of the potential for areas of low air quality due to vog (volcanic smog).

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Vog information: https://vog.ivhhn.org/.

Road closures: The Hawai’i Police Department has closed the Mauna Loa Access Road at the intersection with Daniel K. Inouye Highway due to the eruption.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has closed the Mauna Loa Road from Kīpukapuaulu and the closure extends to the summit caldera; for more information go to https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm.  

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Preparedness: Residents living on Mauna Loa slopes should review their preparedness. For preparedness information from Hawai‘i County, see these resources: https://hawaii-county-volcano-hazards-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/.

Visitor Information: The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority will continue to provide updates on the situation on its website about the latest official tourism-related information regarding the eruption occurring on the island of Hawai‘i. Additional tourism updates are also available on the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s website at https://www.gohawaii.com/special-alerts-updates.

Mauna Loa Webcams: https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mauna-loa/webcams.



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