Kalapana Transfer Station Schedule Change

Beginning on Saturday, May 2, 2020, the Kalapana Transfer Station will be open one day per week, on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This site will accept ONLY residential (household) solid waste.  

The maximum is one load per day, with a maximum load size of 3 cubic yards.  (Three cubic yards will fit in a full-size pickup truck loaded up to the side rails) 

Greenwaste and recyclable materials must be taken to the Pahoa Transfer Station, which is open 7 days a week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

This change is based on the amount of public use and tonnage collected at this site.    

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our island a clean and safe paradise.  

Visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org for locations and future closure information.

Section of Cemetery Road Covered by Lava to Be Restored

The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works will begin work on restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road on Monday October 5, 2015.

Lava crosses Cemetery Rd.   Photo by Bobby Jean Leithead Todd

Lava crosses Cemetery Rd. Photo by Bobby Jean Leithead Todd

On October 25, 2014 lava associated with the Pu‘u O‘o Volcanic Eruption crossed onto Cemetery Road that extends from Apa‘a Street near the Pāhoa Transfer Station.  After assessing ingress and egress for the area, including the Ka‘ohe Homesteads, restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road is in the best interests of public safety.

Reconstruction work involves removing the new lava to original grades and then paving the 500-foot stretch of roadway.   The project is expected to take approximately forty (40) working days to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Seventy five (75) percent of the $150,000 project cost will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Motorists are advised to use caution as heavy trucks and equipment will be utilizing Cemetery Road and Apa‘a Street.  Cemetery Road will be closed as a though street for the duration of this restoration project.

Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works thanks the community for their cooperation in keeping the construction area clear and roadways free from potential traffic and safety problems.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Pāhoa Lava Viewing Area Closing

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation will stop operating the Pāhoa Lava Viewing Area at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31.

The June 27 Lava flow nearly took out the transfer station.

The June 27 Lava flow nearly took out the transfer station.

Located at the Pāhoa Transfer Station, the free viewing area is being shut down so the facility can be converted back to its original use as a public trash-collection site.

Pahoa Transfer Station

It also is closed today, January 27, and will be closed again on Thursday, January 29, so schoolchildren displaced by recent lava activity may take field trips to the viewing area and see the stalled front.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Lava Flow Approximately 0.3 Miles From Apa’a Street Near Pahoa Transfer Station

This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Thursday October 23rd at 8:45 am

This morning’s assessment shows that the narrow finger that was advancing along the south edge of the flow has advanced approximately 425 yards since yesterday.  This new flow front is active and moving in a northeast direction.  Currently the leading edge of the advancing flow is approximately .3 miles from the Apa’a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station.  There was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate. There is no brush fire threat at this time.

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Click to enlarge

Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time.  Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

With the change in flow activity and advancement, Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will be closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road.  In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

The public is reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas.   Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.

Reuse Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station Will be Closed Temporarily Beginning This Week

The Reuse Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station will be closed temporarily beginning this week for the construction of improvements that will make it a better resource for the community.

The County Department of Environmental Management plans to enclose the Pahoa reuse center partially to make it easier to manage the reusable items that are made available to the public.

The Pahoa reuse facility is expected to reopen in November under a new contract for the operation of reuse centers at County transfer stations island-wide by a private vendor.

The County has issued a public Request for Proposals (RFP) for that contract which is expected to be issued in November. Anyone interested may contact the County Purchasing Division at 961-8231 or online at http://co.hawaii.hi.us/purchasing/bids.htm#proposals.

Only the reuse center portion of the recycling and transfer station is closing temporarily. All the other recycling, Hi5 redemption and rubbish services will be available.

Reuse centers take reusable, donated items from the public for distribution to other members of the public who can reuse the items. Recycle Hawaii, the non-profit organization currently operating reuse centers at the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station and other recycling and transfer stations, accepts reusable items free and charges a nominal fee for items taken from the facility.

Donating reusable items to reuse centers provides a useful service to the community and helps preserve space in our County landfills.

Meanwhile, the public is being asked to take their reusable items to the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station until the Pahoa reuse center is operating again.

The Department of Environmental management also would like to acknowledge the volunteers who have helped operate the reuse facility in Pahoa and the many people who have visited the facility over the past few weeks. The department now looks forward to bringing back a better reuse facility for the public this fall.

Pahoa Trash Dump Road TRASHED! Opala in Paradise

Well I went to the Pahoa Transfer Station today and I was stunned to see all the garbage that was tossed along the road on the way there.

Opala in Paradise

The look on this dolls face says it all!

There was literally a two piece couch set that looked like it belonged to each other at one time.

Opala in Paradise

Two couches less then 50 yards away from eachother

Anyone recognize these couches (Click on the small pictures to enlarge)

Notice the tire behind the couch in that bottom picture?  I must have came across at least a dozen tires!

Opala in Paradise

What do we do with tires?

Recently the group Keep Hawaii Beautiful received a mini grant of $1,700 to help dispose of these tires properly but that will run out quickly… just look at all these tires?

I even found a mattress along the side of the road.


I couldn’t figure out what this was…

What the ???

So I flipped it over and it turned out to be a dish washing machine.

Ah poor ting... someone is going to have hand wash dishes now.

All of this “opala” (garbage) was found within a mile of the transfer station and most of this stuff except for the tires could have been taken there.

Opala in Paradise

Geez! Tossing away garbage cans and all!

Household Hazardous Waste Dump Day at Pahoa Transfer Station

Bring your automotive fluids, chemicals and cleaners and other hazardous household wastes to the Pahoa Transfer Station collection area on Sunday, April 17th.

For full details on what materials are and are not accepted please visit Household Hazardous Waste.

Various businesses also offer collections of select hazardous materials in limited quantities:

  • DALECO – automotive batteries; 74-5546C Kaiwi St., Kailua-Kona, call 329-4605; fee
  • Home Depot – rechargeable power tool batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). (Next to the Customer Service Counter)
  • HolidayLEDs.com – holiday lights recycling mail-in program.  Mail in your string of old holiday lights and receive a coupon for discounts at HolidayLEDs.com.
  • Interstate Batteries of Hawai‘i – Lead-acid and deep cycle batteries, including solar batteries; Lithium ion batteries ($.50/lb); If a large quantity generator would like to request pick-up service ($.15 – $.20/lb transport/palletizing fee) – call 326-9050 (Kona) & 934-7256 (Hilo)
  • Napa Auto Parts – automotive batteries; 64-1019 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, call 885-6000; fee
  • Pāhoa Battery & Propane – automotive batteries; 2660 Kea‘au-Pāhoa Rd., Pāhoa, call 965-9499; fee

White Goods Recycling Closed Temporarily at Pahoa Transfer Station

From the Mayor’s Office:

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management is temporarily closing the White Goods Recycling Area at the Pāhoa Transfer Station due to ongoing construction at the site.

It is not known exactly when white goods (large appliances) recycling may resume at the site. It is anticipated that the closure will last a few months. The closure will allow construction to improve the facility to proceed as quickly as possible and shorten the temporary inconvenience to the residents. These site improvements will greatly enhance the recycling opportunities at the Pāhoa Transfer Station and complete necessary repairs to the facility…

More here

Sneak Peak at the New Pahoa Transfer and Recycling Station

I got wind today that the groundbreaking for the new Pahoa Transfer and Recycling station would take place soon.

Here is an artists rendition of the place:

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And here is the plan for the actual station:

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