Buyouts will begin soon: 289 homeowners in first phase of Kilauea eruption recovery program await funds

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A Leilani Estates property is seen next to extensive lava damage from the 2018 eruption on Monday, July 27, 2020. About five properties were spared when lava from Kilauea destroyed the Puna neighborhood.

Hawaii County will begin buying land from homeowners whose houses were isolated, damaged or destroyed by the 2018 Kilauea eruption as soon as late April.