The destruction came after rivers of lava flowed toward the ocean over the weekend, forcing officials to knock on doors and urge residents holding out in two evacuated neighborhoods to flee right away. On Sunday night, emergency crews scrambled to save a man who became trapped after lava quickly covered his driveway, Hawaii News Now reported.
The lava crossed onto the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) yesterday evening according to the US Geological Survey, having destroyed dozens of nearby houses in the past few days.
The Civil Defense Agency also noted that 37 homes are "isolated" either due to lava surrounding them or roads being cut off by the flow.
Ken "Super Kenny" Peeler and Elisabeth "Ziji" Kerekgyarto reflect on being displaced from their home in Leilani Estates almost four weeks after lava began crawling, and at times, flowing fast through their rural neighborhood near Pahoa on Hawaii island.
As volcanic fissures spurts molten rock into the air, lava slowly approaches a home on Nohea Street in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, May 27, 2018.
The flow moved north of the highway and was headed to the area where Highway 132 and Highway 137 intersect.
On Wednesday U.S. Geological Survey officials warned fast-moving lava threatened to tear through more homes in the already ravaged communities of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.
Light winds are expected to push volcanic gases westward, increasing the presence of ash and sulfur dioxide downwind of the Kilauea summit, the National Weather Service said on Monday.
Volcanic gas emissions remain high from the fissure eruptions, scientists said.
Mount Kilauea has been erupting since May 3 and has caused permanent changes to the landscape of Hawaii. Authorities are telling residents to minimize their exposure to these to avoid skin irritation.
Police on Hawaii's Big Island have arrested a man suspected of firing a gun in a mandatory evacuation zone near the Kilauea volcano.
They join about 2000 residents displaced due to lava flows and toxic sulphur dioxide gas emissions at the outset of the eruption almost four weeks ago further west, in and around the Leilani Estates community.