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Recovery Overview, Process, and Partners


The 2018 Kīlauea Eruption was an unprecedented 100+ day eruption disaster that occurred on the Island of Hawaiʻi between April and September 2018, and has been paused with no eruptive activity since August 5, 2018.

Recovery Process

Recovery is a long-term process consisting of the following 3 phases:

  1. Priorities: addressing near-term needs
  2. Opportunities: identifying long-term possibilities
  3. Strategies: defining how to accomplish prioritized needs while optimizing opportunities

The output of these three phases will be an Action Framework. Near-term opportunities and actions will be prioritized and implemented throughout the process.

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County of Hawaiʻi Recovery Team

In the early stages of the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption, the County of Hawaiʻi launched its recovery program with support from State and Federal partners.

  • Mayor Harry Kim asked the Department of Research & Development to lead the program, and many other agencies are actively involved, including: Aging, Civil Defense, Corporation Counsel, County Council, Mayor’s Office, Office of Housing & Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Police, Planning, Public Works, and Water Supply
  • In addition, FEMA designated a Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator
  • Governor Ige also established a State Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Recovery “success stories” include: finding housing for impacted residents, reopening Leilani Estates, launching the Kūkulu Hou Housing Fair, and reopening Isaac Hale Beach Park and the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center.

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Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense is a County agency that directs and coordinates the development and administration of the County’s total emergency preparedness and response program to ensure prompt and effective action when natural or man-caused disaster threatens or occurs anywhere in the County of Hawaiʻi.

United States Geological Survey: Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory (HVO) played a critical role in our emergency response to the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption and will continue to be important to understanding hazard risks throughout recovery.

The County of Hawaiʻi will work with partners including but not limited to HVO to make data-based decisions regarding policies and codes. HVO's presence on-island serves to assist the community in making thoughtful decisions with long-reaching effects.

The County extends its thanks to HVO for media captures that allowed the community to witness countless astounding images and videos from the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption, many of which are featured throughout this site.


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