Public Health


Volcanic Activity on Hawaii Island

The Department of Health website has up to date information on the current situation in the Big Island.

Currently, air quality on Maui is not threatened, because of prevailing trade winds. Should the winds switch to Kona wind, an increase in vog would be anticipated. Information regarding air quality and information regarding proper masks for protection will be issued if necessary.

Many people are feeling emotional distress from the ongoing #KilaueaVolcano eruptions. The daily volcanic activity plus the anxiety of not knowing how/whether it will directly affect your home can take a toll.

At times like this, taking care of your mental health is very important. The Crisis Line of Hawaii provides 24/7 support. Call 1-800-753-6879 for neighbor islands. For more info, click on the link below.


Nuclear Weapons: What to do

The following link contains information and steps to take in the event of a nuclear detonation or missile warning/alert: HI-EMA guidance analysis nuclear detonation JUN 2017

The following link provides great information on nuclear weapons and their effects. Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Now would be a great time to sign up for Maka’ala, Maui County’s Emergency Alert System. It’s FREE!



Wet Weather: Dealing with Mold

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Controlling Mold:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roof, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas

Cleaning Mold:

  • Remove from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution od nor more than 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water
    • If using bleach:
      • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners; dangerous toxic fumes will be produced if mixed
      • Open windows and doors for ventilation
      • Wear non-porous gloves and eye wear
      • If area is greater than 10 square feet, consult U.S. Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
      • Fix the moisture problem

More info:

CDC: Mold

Mold Allergy

Preventing Mold

Fighting Mold

Repairing Leaks


Wet Weather: Mold


Mold and your Health:

  • Those sensitive to mold
    • Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing/wheezing, eye irritation, and sometimes skin irritation
  • Those with mold allergies have more severe reactions

Mold and Your Home:

  • Mold is found indoors AND outdoors
  • Enters home through:
    • Open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems
    • Mold in the air can attach to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets
  • Places with a lot of moisture may grow mold
    • Leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there was flooding
  • Grows well on
    • Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products
  • Also grow in
    • Dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery

More info: