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Joint UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Information on the 2018 Puna Lava Flow

All classes and operations are continuing as normal.

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May 21: Housing for Students

On-campus housing for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students displaced by the current eruption is available for Summer 2018 at Hale ʻIkena Apartment Complex. Students without dependents or non-service animals may apply for on-campus summer accommodations at Application (PDF) or by going to the Housing Office webpage at University Housing.


Please see the Archive of prior announcements for older information.

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?

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

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.

Housing Resources

  • The UH Hilo Housing office maintains an Off-Campus Housing website with listings of available opportunities.
  • The UH Hilo Housing office has a bulletin board posted in front of their office at PB-11 with additional off-campus housing opportunities.
  • Students without dependents or non-service animals may apply for on-campus summer accommodations at Application PDF or by going to the Housing Office webpage at University Housing.
  • The Hawaiʻi County Housing Office provides a housing agency resource guide.

Wellness Resources

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 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Farrah-Marie Gomes for more information on withdrawals.
Hawaiʻi CC students may contact Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dorinna Cortez at dorrina@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 on-campus accommodations with University Housing. Please contact the Housing Office for more information. Students will be housed at the Hale ʻIkena apartment complex.
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.