But choose to wait until it was almost too late.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced today potential traffic delays from approximately 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as heavy machinery is transported from Waikoloa to Kalapana. The machinery will be used to create evacuation routes in lower Puna.
They talked about making those routes -- during the 2014 eruptions that threatened Pahoa, but they delayed those plans because that flow stopped, and they didn't think Kilauea would threaten that community in the near future.
They had years to slowly create those routes for as cheap as possible, but they choose to wait until a vigorous lava flow cut off a few communities from highway 137! Now they're forced to pay a hefty price to bulldoze miles of intrusive igneous rocks ASAP.
It's a good thing the Hawaii Army National Guard has multiple plans in place to evacuate citizens in danger. At least one division is professional...