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7 cited for loitering in lava disaster zone in Lower Puna

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Signage informed motorists along Kahakai Blvd. of restricted access along Highway 137, May 13.

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Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers cited seven people Friday for violating area restrictions in order to get close-up views of lava flows in Lower Puna.

Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers stopped two men in a car along a back road leading into Lava Tree State Park. The officers confiscated an entrance placard from one of the men because it was not being used for its intended purpose.

In the same area, officers cited two Lahaina men, a visitor from Germany and a visitor from New York. A man from Hong Kong was cited in the Kapoho Beach Lots area.

Each of the alleged offenders was cited for loitering in a disaster zone.

Last week, a couple from California was cited for entering a closed area; another man from California was cited for operating a drone in a temporary flight restriction area.

Papaikou Mill Beach reopens

Papaikou Mill Beach is once again open to the public, the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced Saturday.

The beach had been closed for nearly a month due to damage sustained by the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck Hawaii island May 4.

Insurance claims forum scheduled

Puna residents affected by the ongoing lava flow can learn more about insurance coverage at an insurance claims forum scheduled for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hawaiian Shores Community Association Building (“The Stables”) at 15-2793 Honu St.

Representatives from United Policy Holders, the Hawaii County Bar Association and Hawaii Public Adjusters will present information on filing disaster claims, how to communicate with their carrier and other concerns, with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Pahoa post office open Sundays

The U.S. Postal Service is extending its hours temporarily to provide limited Sunday service to customers affected by the Kilauea eruption.

The Pahoa post office will open for will-call between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays to distribute mail and packages to evacuees and residents who are experiencing interruptions in their mail delivery service due to the eruption. Sunday hours are available solely to provide service to residents in evacuated areas; no retail services will be available.

Change of address forms are available at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center located at the Pahoa Community Center, with a USPS representative on site daily to answer questions.

The Pahoa post office is open for business “and will remain open as long as the safety of its employees, customers and the mail are not compromised,” according to a news release.

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