Ku O Ka La school, surrounded by lava
And Kua O Ka La School has launched a online fundraising to raise money to pay for relocation expenses – with a vow to keep holding classes at alternative locations.
Teachers and children had hoped the lava flow would miss their school.
However, a statement issued by the County of Hawaii said: “Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho.
“An overflight this morning has confirned that Ahalanui Park and Kua O Ka La School have been covered by lava.
An aerial view of Kilauea’s fissure 8
“Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”
A gofundme page was set up on July 8, with an accompanying statement saying: “Due to lava flow of the Kilauea Eruption, our kula (school) is now inaccessible.
“We are needing to relocate to a site in Hilo.
“We have identified a location but the facility needs a lot of work.
“We have four weeks to prepare the facility for the upcoming school year for our kindergarten through 6th students.
“We are looking for assistance to purchase materials and labor to get this critical renovation completed.”
The page has so raised $1,845 towards a $15,000 target.
In the meantime, middle and high school students will be taught at the Hilo Boys and Girls Club.
Elementary classes will be held at a facility at Nani Mau Botanical Garden.
To make a donation, visit https://www.gofundme.com/relocate-school-displaced-by-lava
So far more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, with more than 650 homes destroyed by lava, including a property belonging to Big Island Mayor Harry Kim.