HIGHWAY 11 CLOSED AT KAWĀ FLATS AGAIN on Monday afternoon and evening. According to the County of Hawai'i Civil Defense announcement at 7 p.m. the flooding was between mile 59 and 60. This comes after the National Weather Service Flood Advisory was cancelled. "Some heavy showers are still occurring and motorists are asked to drive with caution," warns Civil Defense. The other closure on the island is in North Hilo where Hwy 19 is closed at mile 13 due to a landslide.
The HPD statement said Highway crews are working at both sites and anticipate opening later tonight. Due to the closure in Kau, shelters will be opened at the Pāhala Gym and the Nā'ālehu Community Center for those unable to make their destination. "You will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety."
Wood Valley crossing was also closed intermittently today with intermittent flooding.
|Miloli'i-Kaʻū Girls take first in 16s Girls at the islandwide tournament in Pāhala over the weekend. Photo by Kaimi Kaupiko|
|Keiki in the mix at Miloli'i-Kaʻū Volleyball|
Tournament, Thomas Amu Prieto-Enaena winning
Most Valuable Player. Photo by Kaimi Kaupiko
At last weekend's tournament, Miloli'i-Kaʻū took first in the 16s Girls. Second went to Mau Loa and third to Parker School. In the 14s Boys, Keaukaha won, followed by Pilipa'a taking second, and third won by Miloli'i-Kaʻū.
Kaupiko said, "Mahalo to our 29 teams that traveled, our 'Ohana and our community."
The two days of volleyball were open to keiki and youth from six to 16 years of age. Many of the Miloli'i team members could not make it to the gym until the second day as Hwy 11 was blocked by flooding at Kawā Flats. The volleyball clubs also raised money with food concessions.
|A game for all ages, from six to 16 at last weekend's Miloli'i-Kaʻū Volleyball Tournament, drawing|
teams from as far away as Waimea. Photo by Kaimi Kaupiko
|Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries invites the public to its annual|
meeting on Tuesday, March 14. Photo by Julia Neal
A statement from the non-profit says, "Everyone is encouraged to attend and support our Kaʻū libraries. The whole community benefits from having great libraries, so we welcome everyone who wants to support our local libraries and help promote our motto: Want to Succeed? Read!"