820 seek lava buyouts: Final application phase for county’s Kilauea disaster recovery program closes

Fissure 8 feeds a river of lava on July 19, 2018, in Leilani Estates. (Tribune-Herald file photo)

Lava from fissure 8 fills Kapoho Bay, left, and covers Champagne Ponds on June 4, 2018, in lower Puna. (Tribune-Herald file photo)

More than 800 victims of the 2018 Kilauea eruption are hoping Hawaii County will buy their properties after the final application phase for the Voluntary Housing Buyout Program ended last month.