Joint UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Information on the 2014 Puna Lava Flow

This page was last updated on Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:05pm.

Message from the Chancellors on response to Puna lava flow

Aloha,

Here is our January 14, 2015, message on our response to the Puna lava flow from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College.

Current Situation: Current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities but we remain vigilant in tracking the flow. We will communicate with you if there are any new developments that may impact our people in Puna.

Resources: Our UH for Puna website has information about UH plans should the lava flow cut off access to Hilo.

Classes: If you have concerns about access to courses or work for this semester, please contact your instructors, department heads or supervisors. UH will work with students and employees on an individual basis.

Stay Informed and Remain Prepared: We recommend you stay informed and remain prepared for lava flow activity that may impact you. Visit the County Civil Defense website and follow any new instructions. Please also visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website for flow updates.

We wish you a safe and Happy New Year.
Don Straney and Noreen Yamane


Aerial photo of Hilo looking toward Hilo Bay, with the UH Hilo main campus in the center. Photo credit: Andrew Hara

Are UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Safe?

All classes and operations are continuing as normal.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College campuses and facilities are not directly threatened by the lava flow.

The 2014 Puna lava flow is south of Hilo

General Information

While the future flow, direction and impact of the lava is uncertain, we encourage everyone who may be affected to review their personal emergency plans and preparations, which may include taking steps to secure alternative housing.

You may find the following resources helpful.

Information for Students

What happens if I cannot make it in to attend my classes?
Please contact each of your instructors as soon as possible to identify options to complete the semester successfully.
What are my withdrawal options?
Please consider making alternative arrangements with your instructors if attending classes will be difficult. As a last resort, students may completely withdraw from classes, but doing so may have significant financial implications.
UH Hilo students may contact Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Gail Makuakāne-Lundin for more information on withdrawals.
Hawaiʻi CC students may contact Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Jason Cifra at cifra@hawaii.edu for more information on withdrawals.
What housing facilities are available for me, my family, and my pets?
Students without dependents or non-service animals may apply for temporary accommodations with University Housing. Please contact the Housing Office for more information.
Students with dependents or animals should seek alternative arrangements, such as Off-Campus Housing or Hawaiʻi County Housing.
What counseling services are available for students?
Aʻoaʻo Pili Ola Counseling Services provides personal counseling, consultation, and coaching in a supportive environment to both UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC students.

Information for Faculty and Staff

What happens if I cannot make it in to teach my classes or work in my office?
Please contact your supervisor, department chair or division chair as soon as possible.
What housing facilities are available for me, my family, and my pets?
Faculty and staff should seek alternative arrangements, such as Off-Campus Housing or Hawaiʻi County Housing.
What can we do to help students and help each other keep courses on track?
The UH Hilo Lava Flow Course Support Team offers Recommendations and Support for Faculty Members.
What counseling services are available for faculty and staff?
Counseling sessions are being held on October 23 and 24. Past these dates, please contact Human Resources for more information on counseling options available.