Friday, December 19, 2014         

Hawaii News

Gov. David Ige described the Pahoa community as being "upbeat" as it contends with ongoing threats tied to the so-called June 27 lava flow. "It's very encouraging to see the community come together," he said.

Hawaii County plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a county law restricting genetically modified crops on the island. The County Council voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday.

A steady stream of about 1,000 visitors made their way to see cooled lava near the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station Wednesday.

An area for viewing cooled lava will open in Pahoa on Wednesday, even as a breakout from Kilauea Volcano continued advancing toward a shopping center and prompted the closure of a gas station.

Two Hawaii brothers are selling T-shirts commemorating a Big Island lava flow as a way to make money in case the molten rock burns down their auto parts store.

The store will begin removing equipment and initiate various shutdown procedures on Tuesday. It will be shuttered after it closes Thursday evening, its parent company announced.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 30-year-old man with second-degree attempted murder in the stabbing of a 23-year-old woman in a Kailua home invasion.

Burglaries, car break-ins and stolen vehicles all fell in November in Hawaii island's Puna district after invading lava prompted Mayor Billy Kenoi to declare a state of emergency that includes increased penalties for some crimes committed there.

Gas prices dipped below $3 a gallon in some parts of Oahu for the first time in seven years. But the state still has the highest gas prices in the nation, followed by Alaska and New York.

The front of Kilauea's so-called June 27 lava flow advanced about 225 yards in a north-northeast direction from Friday to Saturday morning. The flow front remained about 1.7 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection.

John York, who owns a small printing business here, nearly fell out of his chair the other day when he opened his electric bill. For October, he had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change, his bill came to $788, a staggering increase of 110 percent.

Montana has never been known as a black-tie place. But this winter, when lawmakers arrive at the state Capitol, they will have to abide by a new dress code: No more jeans. And female lawmakers "should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines."

Allistair and Lina Sione were enjoying lives of quiet contentment, raising their two little boys in American Samoa, when they found out she had cancer. They made the move to Hawaii this summer "with a mission to beat my advanced stage 3 breast cancer," she said.

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world’s oceans. That’s enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks.

Developers working on redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes have suggested a hotel could help pay for the changes to the aging housing project.

Crackling sounds resonated underfoot while geologists walked along the stalled lava flow along the fence line of the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station on Monday afternoon. "Lava is sharp, even though it's not hot," warned Janet Babb.

People living in Hawaii island communities where coqui frogs have become established are growing tolerant of the amphibians. Emily Kalnicky studied 85 private properties in 12 communities across the island in 2008.

One of the last remnants of Maui's plantation era is getting closer to receiving historic status. The Old Kahului Railroad Building has been nominated to the Hawaii and national registers of historic places.

As hundreds of onlookers watched from shore, six Pacific canoes converged Sunday for a rare beachside reunion to celebrate how far they've come and to honor Hoku­le‘a.

The Nature Conservancy has acquired a conservation easement to preserve a 922-acre area with an ancient forest and disappearing stream on Hawaii island. West Hawaii Today reported last week that the land will serve as an outdoor ecology laboratory for students at UH Hilo.

A new Honolulu law will make it easier for the city to remove abandoned vehicles from front yards or get rid of fire hazards like dead wood and overhanging trees.

Rocky Seaman and Stacey Holokahi are Hawaiian single moms who keep up a grinding pace of working and taking care of their children on top of pursuing college degrees that might be the ticket to a better life.

The video is simple: A Maryland woman sneaks up to surprise her Marine husband, arriving at a Cali­for­nia base after he served a year in Af­ghani­stan. She stands directly in front of him for about a minute before he realizes she's there.

Three U.S. cities that President Barack Obama once called home are trying to outdo one another as the competition to host his future presidential library comes to a close.

The path the leading edge of lava flow from Kilauea Volcano will take as it continues to ooze toward a marketplace in Pahoa remains uncertain.

A new fence now in place on Kauai's North Shore is expected to protect endangered birds and rare native plants from cats and other predators. The fence protects an 8-mile section of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, The Garden Island newspaper reported this week.

Kauai's mayor has vetoed a bill that would have likely resulted in higher property taxes for agricultural lands used to research genetically modified crops.

The so-called June 27 lava flow crept closer to Pahoa on Thursday but at a slower rate, with the ribbon of molten rock reaching a forested area where the terrain is less steep.

As a ribbon of lava continued to advance Wednesday toward Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials were planning to meet Thursday with businesses and shop owners whose buildings may be in harm's way.

Opening statements were postponed Wednesday in a federal trial against a man accused of stealing the home mailbox of the Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

The new lava flow front above Pahoa advanced an additional 400 yards Tuesday, but scientists expect the flow to slow over the next few days as it approaches less-steep terrain and the amount of lava feeding the flow lessens.

The theft of the Hono­lulu police chief's mailbox not only brought allegations of undue influence after a crack police squad made an arrest, but also exposed a messy family financial dispute.

An active breakout near an abandoned geothermal well has been declared the new flow front, a stream of lava that could threaten the Pahoa area in as soon as 12 days if it continues on its current pace.

A landmark Papa­i­kou store with ties to the community over more than nine decades is shuttering its doors.

The best place in the world to find a giant Hawaiian star compass, it turns out, is a chilly bluff some 4,600 miles from Hawaii where the winds whip hills dotted with sheep and the Pacific Ocean feels like ice water.

This Christmas, Marlisa Smith has to choose between paying the bills or getting a little something for her three girls. Smith worries most about not keeping up with daughter Ashley's medical bills; they've been accumulating since she was born with a severe brain abnormality, mental retardation and autism seven years ago.

Hawaii County officials reopened a section of Pahoa's main road at noon Wednesday with police and Hawaii National Guard troops in the area to make sure drivers didn't stop to get a look at hardened lava within 500 feet of the road.

The lava threatening Pahoa has effectively stalled, giving neighbors a reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving — while also raising anxieties about where molten rock flowing out of Kilauea Volcano will turn next.

The wheels in their heads start to turn. Then the questions come like a faucet on full blast:

A thermal survey of the front of the stalled lava flow coming from Kilauea Volcano shows no signs of any hot spots.

While lava flows on Hawaii island have certainly put a dent into home sales, the market hasn't completely collapsed in the lower Puna district.

Predicting where the June 27 lava flow will go next is a fluid undertaking. In addition to the original topography of the landscape affected by lava flows, workers with Hawaii County Civil Defense must consider changes made to the topography by the hardened lava left on the surface and how that will alter future flows.

Jenna Costa broke down and cried when she heard her family had been selected for this year's Adopt-A-Family program, which would provide Christmas presents for her children and a holiday dinner.

A prominent Hawaii shark expert incarcerated for child pornography charges will return to his state job when his sentence is over. Randy Honebrink will retain his title as aquatic resource information and education coordinator when he completes his sentence next month.

If lava from Kilauea Volcano remains stable throughout the weekend, Hawaii County officials will be implementing a plan to reopen a portion of Pahoa Village Road on Thanksgiving Day.

Environmental groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who won a second term in the U.S. House two weeks ago, gave birth Tuesday to a daughter: Abigail O‘ka­lani Bowls­bey. The child's arrival, announced by the lawmaker's office Thursday, came a few weeks before her due date.

Army criminal investigators say they have identified a person of interest in the killing of a soldier's wife found dead in the couple's Hono­lulu home.

It's a giant tree so awe-inspiring that the local Maoris named it Tane Mahuta, or "God of the Forest." But a sad truth, they add, is that before industry and disease claimed most of this country's large kauri trees, Tane Mahuta wasn't so extraordinary.

The message to a congressional committee regarding volcano hazards was clear Wednesday morning: Hawaii County will need support as long as lava continues to threaten the island's Puna District.

Scientists and civil defense officials were monitoring lava breakouts behind the stalled flow front in Pahoa, including a new breakout Sunday afternoon that was midway in the 13-mile lava flow, near a system of underground cracks bringing lava downslope.

Vog air scrubbers made from off-the-shelf parts from a Pahoa hardware store. Heat-resistant fabrics to allow cars to drive over still-cooling lava. A water-cooled, heat-resistant bridge.

Ongoing monitoring of Kilauea Volcano's June 27 lava flow indicates no significant movement at the front of the flow and only sluggish activity among several active breakouts.

The last time Hokule'a crews set foot on this panoramic, cloud-swept beach in New Zealand's north land, they helped revive a voyaging tradition that had disappeared there.

The leading edge of the lava flow has not advanced in two weeks, but several breakouts remain active and are continuing to advance toward Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense said Saturday morning after an aerial assessment.

As lava from Kilauea Volcano continued its slow push toward Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station on Friday, a group of area school alumni were making plans to reschedule reunion festivities.

The front of the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano threatening Pahoa remained stalled Thursday as officials monitored active breakouts and air quality.

The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano is lingering near Pahoa's $3.9 million waste and recycling center while county officials keep an eye on a breakout upslope that moved 225 yards Wednesday.

Lava from Kilauea Volcano flowed through a fence surrounding Pahoa's $3.5 million waste and recycling center Tuesday afternoon, one day after it burned a nearby house.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl: Keynote speaker is Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.; gates open at 8 a.m. Parking available on first-come, first-served basis. Call 532-3720.

Lava from Kilauea Volcano's so-called June 27 flow ignited its first house in Pahoa on Monday and threatened more destruction in the days ahead.

The front of Kilauea's June 27 lava flow remained stalled some 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road as of Sunday morning, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. The flow has not advanced in the last 10 days.

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is being undermined by unwitting federal employees and contractors.

Uncle Robert Keli‘i­ho‘o­malu's life changed forever a quarter-century ago when lava wrapped around his compound of homes and buried the highway in front of his house.

In early 1990 a tube-fed stream of red-hot pa­hoe­hoe lava slowly approached the coastal town of Kala­pana in much the same way a flow threatens the village of Pahoa today.

Nearly 30 years ago, Hokule'a crews braved the frigid, stormy seas south of the tropics to sail farther than they ever had before. They sailed past a lightning storm, nearly collided with a large sperm whale, and when they finally landed safely in New Zealand, the local Maoris there declared them a new tribe that had found its way home.

For the latest leg of the Hokule'a's worldwide sail, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will "adopt" James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach -- a way to share the upcoming monthlong canoe journey across New Zealand's North Island as vividly as possible with students back on Oahu.

Even though Hawaii voters rejected allowing public money to be spent on private preschool programs, supporters of the ballot measure say they're glad the campaign raised public awareness of early childhood education.

A lava flow threatening the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island continues to stall at its front edge, though some molten rock is oozing out of its sides.

A new road sign in Kai­lua is warning drivers about disorderly bicyclists, but it's not an official notice.

A Hawaii woman whose husband died at their son's high school football game in August is grieving again after thieves ransacked their home and stole the couple's wedding rings.

The state Friday will begin testing surface materials on lava-covered Apaa Street to evaluate possible solutions for rebuilding Puna's main highway if the flow from Kilauea Volcano continues along its current course.

The lava from Kilauea Volcano continues to flow, but the cooling at its front matched with sluggish upslope breakouts may indicate some relief for Pahoa Village residents.

Republicans seized control of the Senate and strengthened their hold on the House in a wave of Election Day victories Tuesday that served as a repudiation of President Barack Obama’s second-term policies and put a series of Democratic-leaning states — including Obama’s home, Illinois — under control of new Republican governors.

Geologists monitoring the lava flow that invaded Pahoa — and then inexplicably stopped Thursday — continue to keep an eye on an area behind the stalled flow front that's filling with lava.

As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in Pahoa, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard volunteered for and is being called to state active duty by the Hawaii Army National Guard to support Hawaii County's response to the lava flow threatening Pahoa, officials said.

The leading edge of the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano remained stalled Monday, easing any fears that the molten rock would further disrupt Election Day for disaster-weary Puna.

The front of a lava flow threatening Pahoa remained stalled Sunday and had become "relatively cold," but geologists cautioned that the stop-and-start behavior is reminiscent of the flow that overran Kala­pana in the 1980s and early 1990s.

In just three months, Darryl Oli­veira has dealt with three natural disasters and is now the high-profile face and voice of the Kilauea lava flow response as the head of Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Aromas of fried chicken and fish sauce wafted through a high school library as state Sen. David Ige, laugh lines showing, shook hands with supporters and neighborhood residents on a quiet evening in Hono­lulu.

In Hawaii, the home state of President Barack Obama, Demo­crats are in danger of losing a seat in the U.S. House.

Business for now is red-hot in historic Pahoa as tourists and others fascinated by the volcanic power of Madame Pele wander the streets of the vulnerable town.

Democratic state Rep. Mark Takai has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood in his bid for U.S. Congress.

The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific said Saturday she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.

The leading edge of the lava flowing out of Kilauea Volcano came within 156 yards of crossing Pahoa's main road Thursday -- and less than a half-mile from cutting off Highway 130, the main artery for the 8,200 residents of lower Puna.

Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

Lava ignited small fires behind Pahoa Village Road on Wednesday night while a resident stood with her Pahoa neighbors and watched in awe.

The drama playing out in Pahoa is part of a natural process ongoing since before the dawn of civilization.

The unpredictable lava that's invading Pahoa came within 100 feet of a two-story home Wednesday and then suddenly stalled, underscoring the difficulty of predicting what the flow will do next.

A group backed by biotech companies raised more than $7.9 million to fight a Maui County ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms.

Teachers and students' laughter, tears and aloha marked the last day before the approaching lava flow breaks up Keone­poko Elementary School.

After traveling a circuitous 13.5-mile route over four months from Kilauea Volcano, the threat from a river of lava suddenly became real Tuesday when it destroyed its first structure on Hawaii island, took on a utility pole wrapped in untested, anti-lava technology and blackened the sky after setting tires on fire.

Large sections of coral reef on Windward Oahu and parts of Kauai are continuing to suffer from high ocean temperatures, raising the risk that they will die, scientists said Friday. Corals stressed by warm waters continue to expel algae.

Researchers are concerned about the number of cats near a Maui wildlife sanctuary that's home to endangered birds.

The dangerous winds of Hurricane Ana missed Kauai and Oahu by just over 50 miles Sunday, but the outer edge of the storm soaked Oahu with more than 24 hours of continuous rain, caused a wastewater spill off Sand Island and left some streets underwater.

Tracy Anderson carefully reaches into a box with small holes cut into the sides. Using a towel, she gently picks up an endangered fledgling Newell's shearwater and walks over to a group of students from Ele­ele Elementary School.

Hurricane Ana blustered by the Hawaiian Islands, delivering strong winds and high surf on Saturday — and it's poised to dump more rain on Kauai before heading out of town Monday.

Ana is expected to maintain its hurricane strength even as it churns in the ocean southeast of Oahu on Saturday, forecasters said. While the state will likely see plenty of wind, heavy rain and big waves this weekend, the islands could escape the worst ofit.

A crowd of Hawaii island surfers and beachgoers gathered along the southeastern shoreline Friday to marvel at the high surf brought by Hurricane Ana. "Whoa, look at those waves," said Pahoa resident Donna Olson.

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