The first maps showing volcanic hazard zones on Hawai‘i Island were prepared in 1974 by U.S. Geological Survey geologists and were published in USGS Open-File Report 74-239.  The lava-flow hazards map was reformatted in the 1980s, based on new and more...
The published Lava-Flow Hazard Zone Map (paper copy) was not intended to be used at a scale necessary to identify individual parcels on the map. However, digital mapping software can offer new options for this determination: If you have access to...
The Lava Flow Hazard Zone map was designed for general planning purposes only. The following statement is included on the published map (USGS Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 2193):Hazard-zone boundaries are approximate and gradational. These boundaries...
An option is to contact the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The USGS Lava-Flow Hazard Zone Map is meant to convey relative volcanic hazard rather than risk (see “Hazard vs. Risk” below). Hazard vs. Risk A volcanic hazard...
An option is to contact the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Their Website states that they investigate insurance-related complaints.
While the USGS prepared and made available the Lava-Flow Hazard Zone Map for general information and planning by land-use managers, there is no legislation requiring its use. The USGS provides hazard information but cannot advocate for, or require, its...
Lava-flow hazard zones reflect the long-term hazard of lava flows, not the short term hazard. Rate of lava coverage—not how recently lava covered an area—is the basis of long-term lava flow hazard. Zone 1: "Includes the summits and rift zones of Kīlauea...
Kalapana is about 13 km (8 mi) downslope of Kīlauea’s east rift zone. During Kīlauea’s current east rift zone eruption, lava flows took 6 years to first reach Kalapana (in 1989) before the area was more completely inundated with lava over a period of...
The following two papers contain more detailed information about Hawaii lava-flow hazards: Mullineaux, D.R., Peterson, D.W., and Crandell, D.R., 1987, Volcanic hazards in the Hawaiian Islands, chap. 22 of Volcanism in Hawaii, Decker, R.W., Wright, T.L...