Kim: Don’t bar building in lava zones

  • Toxic gases rise near an abandoned home in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa on May 18. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
  • Lava zone map of the Big Island. (Courtesy of USGS)
  • Steam rises May 9 from fissure No. 14 at the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Pohoiki Road in Leilani Estates. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Because so much of Hawaii Island geography is designated as lava zones 1 and 2, it doesn’t make sense to bar construction there, Mayor Harry Kim said Tuesday.