Preliminary price tag: $550M. Kim seeks lava relief from the Legislature

  • Mayor Harry Kim defends his administration's lava response Tuesday before a skeptical County Council. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)
  • Lava in the fissure 8 channel is now crusted over. Fissure 8 and other inactive fissures are steaming in the background, a common sight during early morning overflights (U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY photo)

HILO — Mayor Harry Kim plans to ask the state Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following three months of destructive lava flows and earthquakes in the wake of the May 3 eruption of Kilauea volcano.