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Dec 09, 2022

Mauna Loa - ASL

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Dec 01, 2022

Call for Volunteers - ASL

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Dec 09, 2022

Mauna Loa - English

This is a Civil Defense message.

12-9-22, 7 A.M.

Lava flow near DKI has stalled. Active flows above 10,000 foot, No risk to communities. DKI remains open. 

Dec 01, 2022

Call for Volunteers - English

Good evening.
We are looking for anyone who is native Hawaiian or  Deaf to make these updated videos for the community. Please let us know if you can sign the message and send it to BIDC within 30 minutes. We are doing our best to provide this service, and right now, the Big Island interpreting team is the only group willing to do this.
As the lava flow has slowed, I will only record messages when there is new important information to share. If the newest update is the same as the last, I will not make a video. Why? This is a volunteer job, and we are doing our best to make videos as soon as possible, as well as working with Civil Defense and the shelters to educate them on interacting with the Deaf community.
Please be patient with us, and if you want to volunteer your time in any way, 
please let us know.



Hello, my name is Carrie Kaufmann, and I am a certified ASL interpreter here on Hawai’i island. I am reaching out to you because the Big Island certified ASL interpreter team is working in collaboration with Civil Defense to ensure we are all safe in case of an eruption on Mauna Loa.

Mauna Loa has shown signs of increased activity, and we have some steps you can take to prepare you and your family. We met with Talmadge, the Civil Defense administrator, to come up with the best plan to alert the Deaf community of any emergency information you need to know right away.

There are four things you can do to make sure you receive emergency information:

You can follow the link here in the email to sign up for emergency alerts from Civil Defense. We are working together to get these messages in English and ASL. There will be a link in both the CD email and/or the text to show you the ASL version of the message. Sign up for Civil Defense alerts here:


You can sign up for the Big Island Deaf Club email list. As soon as there is a new emergency message, they will send out the video to everyone on their list.


Civil Defense is asking for us to gather as many addresses as possible from the Deaf community, so if there is an evacuation in your neighborhood, Civil Defense can come to your home and make sure you are evacuated quickly. This information will ONLY be used in case of emergency.


Talk to a friend or neighbor close to your home, so they may make sure you are getting the information and can prepare to evacuate.


If you would like to be on the Big Island Deaf Club email list or add your address to the Civil Defense registry, please email me at and provide your contact information. I will give your email to BIDC, and your address to Civil Defense.

All of this information sharing is your choice. The 4 certified interpreters and Civil Defense want to provide you with the best communication possible as fast as we can. Civil Defense will provide ASL interpreters for their public meetings whenever there is a request from the Deaf community.

Please send this email to any Hawai’i Island Deaf community members you know so that we can get this information to everyone.


Have a great day, and stay safe!


Big Island ASL Interpreting Team

Carrie Kaufmann

Dano Kaufmann

Mary Rose Love

Helle Fukamizu

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