Closing of Pahoa lava shelter a bittersweet moment for volunteers, staff

  • File photo The Red Cross disaster shelter at the Pahoa Community Center.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo

    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.

    STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald

For the first time in months, the Pahoa Community Center gym was nearly empty.