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Recovery Milestones

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Timeline of Recovery Accomplishments

Hawai‘i County's Kīlauea disaster recovery team is developing recovery strategies and scenarios with the help of the community. Below is a timeline of milestones reached and those that are anticipated. 

2018-2019 Completed Milestones

Spring 2018

  • Immediate response from County and Hawai‘i Island Disaster Assistance Response  and Recovery team (HI-DARRT) after eruption begins.
  • Presidential Major Disaster Declaration.
  • Mayor assigns recovery team.

Summer 2018

  • Eruption ceases as lava disappears from Fissure 8.
  • Federal/State recovery funding sought.
  • Governor provides $12 million for disaster relief.
  • Unemployment/employment benefits provided. 
  • Shelters close.

Fall 2018

  • Kūkulu Hou housing fair held.
  • HI-DARRT and community partners continue outreach, and health, human service, and housing support.

Winter 2018-19

  • Governor provides $10 million for disaster relief and recovery planning.
  • Temporary road over one inundated section of Highway 137 opened; access to Issac Hale Beach Park restored.
  • Pāhoa Aquatic Center reopened.
  • Eruption recovery interim website launched.
  • County and Puna Geothermal Venture collaborate to restore road access to power plant and Highway 132 kipuka.

Spring 2019

  • Puna business recovery workshops held.
  • State Legislature authorizes $60 million appropriation ($20 million for relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance; $40 million loan for matching Federal grants).
  • Consultants for volcanic risk mitigation, economic recovery, and recovery plan hired.
  • Priority Recovery Goals affirmed by Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee.
  • Highway 132 construction begins.
  • Recovery full website launched.

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

  • Recovery SpeakOut event held in Pāhoa.
  • Highway 132 reopened. 
  • Disaster Recovery Task Force holds first meeting.

Winter 2019-2020

  • Draft strategic recovery and economic recovery plans submitted for internal review.
  • Notice published in Federal Register for $83.84 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocation.
  • Approval of Federal Emergency Management Public Assistance funding for road and water infrastructure.


2020 Anticipated Milestones

Spring/Summer 2020

  • Release of draft CDBG-DR Action Plan.  
  • Completion of Recovery Strategic Plan, Volcanic Risk Assessment, and Economic Recovery Plan.
  • Implement recovery strategies and projects.