Closing of Pahoa lava shelter a bittersweet moment for volunteers, staff
By STEPHANIE SALMONS Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:05 a.m.
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File photo The Red Cross disaster shelter at the Pahoa Community Center.
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Volunteers Pamela Bruce and Ron Emery help sign in evacuees May 15 at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center at the Pahoa Community Center.
Glenn Kokubun, the Puna-Ka‘u recreational supervisor for the county Parks and Recreation Department, and Red Cross volunteer U‘ilani Soares, chat Monday morning in the now-empty Pahoa Community Center gym after the emergency disaster shelter operating there officially closed Monday.
For the first time in months, the Pahoa Community Center gym was nearly empty.