Pohoiki Road work awaits FEMA approval

Photo by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Pohoiki Road, which led to the Pohoiki boat ramp, is blocked by lava and is restricted. The ramp closed shortly after Kilauea volcano began erupting in May 2018 and eventually became landlocked by a black sand and cobblestone beach.

County of Hawaii photo Lava inundated Pohoiki Road in lower Puna in 2018.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified what the FEMA funds can be used for, according to a representative of the county’s Lava Recovery Task Force. The county plans to apply the funding to restore Pohoiki Road; however, the funds also can be used for alternative projects in Puna if it’s determined an impacted public road shouldn’t be recovered. Restoration of other roads is being assessed as part of the recovery planning process. Assessments of potential alternative projects would occur after decisions have been made about restoring public roads that were inundated by lava. The Tribune-Herald regrets the error.