I received two emails from Hawai`i Island Civil Defense this evening. The first said this:
"Highway 11 is closed in both directions at the 87 Mile Marker due to a traffic accident."
The second one, about 2 hours later, said everything was clear:
"Highway 190 is now open in both directions"
As much as I appreciate the time and effort these people put into their work, it's a great example of life on the island. This is a small, isolated place with few highways - it's almost impossible to get lost as a driver. The key to island life though is not to expect competence. If you can live and cope with that then life on the island is much more enjoyable.