This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a lava flow information update for Wednesday May 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the two new lava flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain active but have not advanced significantly.  Overflights at 8:30 a.m. this morning and at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon showed both breakouts are approximately the same length as yesterday and remain in areas that have been previously covered by older lava flows.

The larger northern breakout is channeled in a northwest direction within the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve.  The smaller breakout is still active but has not advanced significantly. Again, neither lava flow has extended beyond the existing Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field.  The current activity does not pose any immediate threat to nearby communities, however, a glow may be seen at night.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense are monitoring the lava flow breakout closely.  Residents and businesses downslope will be kept informed of any significant changes.

Additional updates will be broadcast as necessary. Find more information including photos and maps at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at