Pahoa business owners meet to discuss lava flow

Pahoa business owners meet to discuss lava flow

Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Business owners in Pahoa are meeting with Hawaii County civil defense officials to understand how Kilauea's lava flow may affect their town and businesses.

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at Akebono Theater in downtown Pahoa.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi told community members Tuesday night that officials are preparing for the possibility that lava may cross key roads and cut off a large part of the Puna district from the rest of the island.

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983. Most lava from this eruption has flowed south from the Puu Oo vent into the ocean.

Lava has crept northeast over the past two years. The current flow, which began in June, is the first to threaten a residential area since 2010 to 2011.

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