“Laze,” the noxious, potentially deadly gas caused by hot lava hitting the ocean, could have a potentially widespread effect in lower Puna, according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory official.
Gov. David Ige returned to the Big Island on Sunday for an update about the emergency situation in lower Puna after lava from Kilauea volcano crossed Highway 137 and entered the ocean Saturday night.
PAHOA — Driving into Pahoa Saturday afternoon, it seemed everything was business as usual. People were strolling down the street, a man was hanging a campaign sign, and others were sitting on the sidewalk, casually smoking a cigarette.
A fiery river of molten rock was on a collision course Saturday night with Highway 137 and the Pacific Ocean, prompting officials to warn about hazardous volcanic gas known as “laze” if lava meets the sea.
Kohala Councilman Tim Richards is attempting something that rarely happens in Hawaii County government — he wants to lower taxes.
Kohala Councilman Tim Richards wants to zero out Mass Transit’s general fund budget, leaving county officials wondering how they will keep the buses running at all, much less on time.