Kilauea crater explosion creates large ash plume

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms there was a large explosion around 8:30 a.m. in the “overlook crater” within Halema‘umaʻu at the summit of Kilauea volcano, creating an enormous plum of ash.

Highway 270 between mile marker 25 and 26 closed

Police said this morning to avoid Highway 270 (Halawa Gulch, North Kohala) between mile marker 25 and 26. The road is closed due to a tree on the roadway. It’s unknown at this time how long the roadway will be closed.