The Salvation Army Responding to Puna Lava Flow
Update No. 12


Support Relief Efforts



-41,938 meals, including 7,792 vegetarian meals, served between May 9 and July 8-

-1,678 visits from 940 households at the distribution center between May 13 and July 8-



Hilo, Hawaii, HI [July 9, 2018] – Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] personnel and volunteers from The Salvation Army are supporting those affected by the Puna lava flow with meal coordination, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care at the three emergency shelters in Pahoa and Keaau including Keaau Armory, Pahoa Regional Recreation Facility–Gym, and Pahoa Senior Center.

lava flow relief efforts

lava flow relief efforts

MEAL SERVICE – Since May 9, The Salvation Army has been coordinating the food service with three meals per day to the emergency shelters in the Puna District. As of July 8, a total of 41,938 meals have been served including 7,792 vegetarian meals. The Salvation Army is regularly purchasing meals to support vendors in Pahoa, Keaau, and Volcano Village. In addition, meals are being purchased several days a week from Hawaii Community College’s Culinary Arts program, with support from Hawaii Community College’s Agriculture program.

DISTRIBUTION CENTER – Since May 13, The Salvation Army has been operating a distribution center at the Pahoa Community Center in the Puna District. As of July 8, there have been 1,678 visits from 940 households who have received donations from the distribution center including 1,427 mosquito repellant cans, 1,328 food boxes, 1,129 cases of water, and 859 hygiene kits. Beginning July 10, the distribution center will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – Since May 9, The Salvation Army has been supporting affected households with financial assistance to The Salvation Army’s three thrift stores on the Island of Hawaii. As of July 8, a total of 118 households have received financial assistance with a total of $12,875 in vouchers that can be redeemed at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores in Hilo, Honokaa, and Kailua-Kona.

DONATIONS - During emergencies, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs including the ability to purchase meals and key distribution center items to support the local economy. Plus, The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations. To donate, click below.


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The public also may support The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts with monetary donations via the following corporate partnerships:

  • Bank of Hawaii – Bank of Hawaii announced that donations to The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts can now be made at any of Bank of Hawaii’s 69 branches across Hawaii, the West Pacific Region and American Samoa.
  • Central Pacific Bank – Central Pacific Bank announced its 35 branch locations will be accepting monetary donations to benefit Hawaii disaster relief efforts. Monetary donations will go toward The Salvation Army's EDS efforts in Hawaii, with the opportunity for customers to designate support of either Hawaii Island or Kauai relief and recovery efforts.
  • First Hawaiian Bank - Aloha for Hawaii Fund to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts for the Kilauea Volcano Eruption on the Big Island and recovery efforts for flooding on Kauai and in East Oahu. Donations can now be made at any of First Hawaiian Bank’s 61 branches located in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.
  • Hawaii National Bank - Hawaii National Bank is collecting monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Hawaii at all 13 of their branches on Oahu, Maui and The Big Island.
  • HiLife – Kokua Collection – A percentage of the proceeds from various HiLife clothing items in their Kokua Collection will be donated to Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands division to assist with their relief efforts to victims of recent devastating floods on Oahu and Kauai as well as erupting volcano on Hawaii island. For details, click here

Corporate and foundation contributions to The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Hawaii to date have included: Ansaldo Honolulu JV; Bank of Hawaii Foundation; Central Pacific Bank Foundation; Enterprise, Alamo & National Car Rental Hawaii, Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaiian Airlines, Hemic, Kaiser Permanente, Kalama Beach Corporation, Pacific Transfer, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.


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