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Puna Lava Flow and Phone Outage

Updated at: 8:14am HST, Wednesday, October 22

Due to a possible lightning strike on the UH Hilo Main Campus, many phones and a few faxes in a number of buildings are not working. Work is proceeding to address damage to the VOIP analog equipment and restore phone service to these buildings.

Message from the Chancellors on response to Puna lava flow


Here is the October 22 update on our response to the Puna lava flow from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. The text of our standing message is on the UH for Puna website, but here is the new information we want to share today.

Counseling: Counseling for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC employees will be held on two days, two sessions each day, as follows:

  • Thursday, October 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Student Services Building, Room E-214, UH Hilo Campus.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Hawaiʻi Community College Campus.
  • Friday, October 24, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Business Education Building, Room 101 (above old bookstore), UH Hilo Campus.
  • Friday, October 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Business Education Building, Room 101 (above old bookstore), UH Hilo Campus.

All UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC employees are welcome to attend any of the sessions, as is convenient for them. The informational session will cover expectations you may have pertaining to grief and traumatic loss, as well as some recommendations for survivors of traumatic events. This will include the impact on your personal, family, and work life. There also will be discussion about the signs and symptoms of stress, along with suggestions to ease the stress.

Student counseling: Information about counseling for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC students is available on the Aʻoaʻo Pili Ola Counseling Services website.

We have posted several flyers about coping with stress and trauma on our UH for Puna website.

Meetings in Pāhoa: Representatives from UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC will continue to attend the weekly community meetings held in Puna about the lava flow. They will answer questions there from our faculty, staff and students who are experiencing direct impacts from the lava flow. The next lava flow community update meeting will be held with representatives from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pāhoa High School Cafeteria.