Episcopal Relief & Development (https://www.episcopalrelief.org/) is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii (http://www.episcopalhawaii.org/) and Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo to provide emergency assistance after the Kilauea volcano first erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 3. Lava flows from the volcano wiped out hundreds of homes. Thousands were forced to evacuate, including some members of Church of the Holy Apostles which is located about a half-hour north of the evacuation zone.
An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area on Wednesday, June 6 with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake. Episcopal Relief & Development’s support is providing laundry services for evacuees staying in emergency shelters and nine air purifiers for schools in impacted areas. Air quality in the Puna District has worsened due to sulfur dioxide from the eruption. Local authorities have been distributing masks to shield from the ash, but the masks do not protect against vapors and gases. As a result, air purifiers are needed, especially in schools.