Kona Is NOT Being Covered By Lava – Despite National News Reports


I wanted to post an update from West Hawaii to assure you that we are in no danger from the lava, despite the sensationalism you may be seeing in the national news reports coming from the East Side. (in fact, Fox News reported that the lava flow was on Oahu- and I can report that Diamond Head is not menancing Waikiki right now.)

As you may know, Kailua Kona and the Kohala Coast are 100 miles from the lava eruption site.Yes, I felt that 6.9 earthquake we had on Friday, but nothing broke and unbelivably there was no damage on the island that was reported. My friends in Volcano Village and Hawaiian Ocean View estates felt the numerous earthquakes that were happening last week when the eruption was in full force, but for now, all is quiet. Volcanoes National Park has re-opened.

Here is what Hawaii County Civil Defense posted on May 8: The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures. Hazardous fumes continue to be released.   Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 12 fissures have emerged.  The lava has covered 104 acres and 35 structures have been destroyed.

However, as of May 8th at 3 pm: A 14th fissure has opened.

Sadly, people are starting to cancel their vacation plans to the island because they are worried. Except for some of the VOG coming over to Kona, we are really not feeling any impact from the lava. In fact, as a resident of Waikoloa right now, the trades are coming through and the air quality up here is great. Here is what Hawaii News Now reports about the VOG for more info. 

If you look at the lava zone map above, you will see that West Hawaii is relatively safe from an active lava flow as Hualalai has not erupted since the 1800’s and the Kohala Coast is impacted by Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano.

If you are worried about the real estate market and how it is faring through all of this, you can bet that real estate values are taking a hit near the lava zone and getting insurance in Lava Zone 2 may be difficult after this event.

(I will include a link to a real estate report that I am working on soon)

In the meantime, know that the beaches are still open, restaurants are fine and life is going on as normal in West Hawaii.

Here are a few links that people have enjoyed from my blogs:

What did the crater at Pu’u O’o look like before and after the lava disappeared when the eruption started 12 miles away in Leilani Estates? Check out this video.

What was it like flying by Kiluea Volcano and being there when the crater fell in and caused a pink plume? 

Do you know that it sounds like a million blow torches going off near the fissures? Check out this video and listen to that sound: 

It is an exciting time to be here on the island and one of deep reverence to nature (and Pele!) and the ability for neighbors to help neighbors in a show of the true Aloha Spirit. If you would like to help out from where ever you are, the Hawaii Food Basket is taking donations to feed the evacuees and you can target your donation to help them here. 

Mahalo! Julie

Ps I have gotten a few messages about people wondering if they can go see the live lava. County officials are asking the public NOT TO GO in that area in respect for the homeowners, danger from sulfuric vapors, and roads with cracks. If the flow ends up in the ocean, you can bet there will be ocean lava tours via boats, and when they lift the fly ban currently in place, you can take a helicopter tour with Paradise Helicopters out of Hilo and you can see the area,  much like going to view the transfer station in Pahoa that was almost destroyed in the 2014 flow.

Here are images that the national news outlets are publishing that you may have seen:


If you are considering buying or selling real estate on Hawaii Island, my husband, Eric Ziemelis is a Realtor and can assist you. 808-333-1004. We also publish market reports and help people understand the buying process at “365 Kona’s I am moving to the Big Island and buying a home” group on Facebook. Join us there, too!

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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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  • Erin G says:

    Great information Julie! I tend to think this is the time to actually BUY Real Estate on the Big Island and as far as coming as a tourist I’m looking forward to the area not being overrun by too many tourists!! On the other hand we are praying for everyone who has had their home taken from the path of Lava Flow and for everyone who has been effected from the disruption of fissures and fumes . This is a humbling moment in time and we are all made aware of the incredible power of Mother Nature and we are being shown first hand how these amazing spectacular islands are formed ! Mahalo Julie see you soon!

  • MItch says:

    Does no one else see the face of that man in the Lava??? I feel like I’m going crazy!

  • Martin says:

    It is obviously it is Sam Adams.