American Red Cross Update on Evacuation Shelters

May 16, 2018, 9:15 AM HST
* Updated May 16, 8:23 AM
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The American Red Cross reports that two shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kīlauea lava threat at the following locations:

  • Pāhoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa)
  • Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Kea‘au,)

As of midnight last night Tuesday, May 15, 2018, there were 202 residents at the Pāhoa and 41 residents at the Kea‘au shelter.  88 Red Cross volunteers have been assisting evacuees with their immediate emergency needs.

Since May 3, the Red Cross, along with Hawai‘i County partners, have distributed hundreds of blankets, sheets, pillows, futons, towels, masks, toiletry kits, and other items; as well as over 7,000 snacks. The Red Cross is also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals. Additionally, trained Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers are staffing the shelters and have provided 870 health and mental health services to those in need.

Big Island Volunteers Needed

Volunteers from the Big Island are needed to staff shelters for residents who have been displaced by the Kīlauea lava threat. Training will be provided. Please go to and complete an online volunteer application. For questions, call (808) 739-8122.




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