It was a packed cafeteria at Pahoa High School Thursday night, as residents got the latest update on the lava flow.
This was their chance to talk directly to officials with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Civil Defense. Even Mayor Billy Kenoi addressed the crowd.
With everything that’s happened in the community, residents are still keeping an upbeat attitude.
“I feel very confident with the information that we’re getting,” said Ana Eisenhart, a resident. “I believe that our officials are really working diligently. We’re getting to know that quite well and we’re getting to know that we can count on them.”
“As far as concerns, just the other people that no more place to go,” said Leroy Dikito, a resident. “That’s all you know. Plenty family and friends, some get places to go, some no more.”
Meanwhile, the Hawaii National Guard came into town today. Roughly 80 personnel will assist county crews by patrolling the streets and manning road blocks.
Officials say they will continue to monitor the flow and will let residents know if anything changes.