Partial Road Closure of Highway 130 (Hilo Bound Lane) Next Week

Hawaii Electric Light announces the partial closure of the Hilo-bound lanes on Keaau-Pahoa Road from Monday, Feb. 6, to Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. The makai side of the road, about 1,000 feet before Shower Drive, will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Pahoa-bound lanes on the mauka side of the […]

Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash on Highway 130

An unidentified man died following a two-vehicle crash Thursday night (January 5) in Pāhoa. His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family. Responding to a 6:54 p.m. call, police determined that a 2004 Ford pickup truck had been heading Kalapana-bound on Highway 130 between Leilani Avenue and Malama Street and […]

Puna Lava Flow Approaches Highway 130, Police and Fire Stations

The June 27th flow remains active near its leading tip, with breakouts scattered in the distal portion of the flow. The leading tip has not advanced significantly over the past few days, and remains about 600 meters (0.4 miles) from Highway 130. This photograph looks north, and shows the position of the leading tip of […]

Lava Flow Continues to Advance Towards Pahoa Market Place and Highway 130

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists conducted a helicopter overflight of the June 27th lava flow yesterday afternoon and mapped its perimeter. At the time of the flight, the leading tip of the flow was stalled 530 m (580 yd) from the Pahoa Marketplace, but several small breakouts were active immediately upslope from the front. […]

Highway 130 to be Repaired After Lava Crosses – No Guarantee on Fix

With the lava less then 1 mile from crossing Highway 130 here in Pahoa, Senator Russell Ruderman posted the following on Facebook this morning: Highway 130 repairs! Big news regarding the highway and lava. The State DOT is planning to ‘repair’ the highway within a week or two if lava crosses highway. This will involve […]

Lava Flow 0.7 Miles From Crossing Highway 130

This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Monday October 27th at 2:30PM. The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 35 yards since this morning at 6:40AM.  The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and is approximately 70 yards from the nearest residential property. The flow advancement […]

Contingency Plans Announced for Pahoa Schools in Case of Highway 130 Closure

The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE) continues to work on contingency plans for public schools, students and staff in preparation for lava to eventually cross Pahoa’s Highway 130. The lava flow stalled Sunday on its approach toward Pahoa town. However, volcanic activity is ongoing. “We are doing our best to keep a sense of […]

Governor Signs Supplemental Emergency Proclamation in Preparation of Lava Flow Crossing Highway 130

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a supplemental emergency proclamation to include the repair, restorations, rebuilding, or reestablishment of Chain of Craters Road, for use as an alternate emergency route should the June 27th lava flow cross Highway 130 near Pahoa and isolate communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County. “Even though the […]

Lava Flow Estimated to Cross Highway 130 in Two Weeks

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Department of Land and Natural Resources announce the immediate closure of Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, until further notice, due to the hazards associated with the June 27 lava flow. Wao Kele o Puna is owned by OHA and managed by DLNR. Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana, OHA (Chief […]

Lava Flow Moves Closer to Pahoa and Highway 130

The June 27th lava flow remained active Wednesday afternoon, September 10, 2014, with the most distal flow front 14.5 km (9.0 mi; straight-line distance) from the vent on the northeast flank of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, which is visible in the far background. Over the past day, the flow front direction shifted from a north […]

Governor Signs Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Lava Flow Crossing Highway 130

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an emergency proclamation in preparation for the June 27 lava flow crossing Highway 130 near Pahoa, potentially isolating communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County. The proclamation suspends certain laws as needed for emergency purposes, including state restrictions on reestablishing abandoned roads that may be used should […]

26-Year-Old Identified in Highway 130 Fatality

A 26-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (April 6) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) between the 3- and 4-mile markers in Keaʻau. Responding to a 4:31 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the Hilo man was operating a 2010 Subaru multi-purpose vehicle and traveling west on […]

Big Island Police Department Identify Woman Who Died on Highway 130

Police traffic investigators have identified the 53-year-old woman who died Saturday (January 4) after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Route 130, .2 miles south of the Route 139 intersection in Keaʻau. The woman was identified as Anh Kim Tran of a Keaʻau address.

Highway 130 Claims First Fatality of 2014

A 53-year-old Keaʻau woman died Saturday (January 4) from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle collision on Route 130 .2 miles south of the Route 139 intersection in Keaʻau. Responding to an 8:28 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the woman was operating a 2001 Mercury four-door sedan and traveling north on Route 130 […]

Firetruck Loses Wheel… Shuts Down Highway 130

A firetruck apparently lost its wheel and/or had some sort of a tire blowout and traffic is temporarily halted in both directions on Highway 130 between Pahoa and Leilani Estates.

Highway 130 Wreck

A car wreck just happened at Highway 130 and Auli’i.

Highway 130 Shoulder Conversion Project – Clarifications

I posted the following comment on the Facebook group “Bike Commuter of Hilo“: As a former member of the Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group (KPAG) on Highway 130… I can tell folks that the last drawing I saw on this Highway widening plan that is starting now is supposed to have a Bike lane. Whether it […]

Keaau-Pahoa Highway 130 Road Shoulder Lane Conversion Project Starts Monday

The state Department of Transportation advises Hawaii motorists of upcoming lane shifts and temporary closures on Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130) between mile post 2.0 and 4.1 beginning on Monday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the duration of the Keaau-Pahoa Road Shoulder Lane conversion project. The project spans from Keaau Bypass Road […]

Trees Fall Across Highway 130 #Flossie

HCCDA Message: Hawaii Police report trees down Highway 132 Lava Tree Park. Detour through Leilani Estates.

Highway 130 Speed Limit Changing to Reduce Accidents

Highway 130 from Keaau to Pahoa is one of the more dangerous highways in the State.  I’ve documented many accidents that have happened over the last few years but this is only just a few of them that happen each week. Senator Ruderman sent a request into the State Department of Transportation asking that one […]