Leilani Estates reopens

  • Captain Kenneth Quiocho answers questions Friday during a press conference outside of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency office in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno answers questions Friday during a press conference outside the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency office in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com) A resident gate remained intact amongst the fallen trees and steaming lava field near fissure 8 at Nohea St. in Leilani Estates on June 20. (Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com)
  • Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno answers questions Friday during a press conference outside of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency office in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — After more than three months of closure, the mandatory evacuation zone covering much of Leilani Estates has been lifted for residents.