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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.

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.

Island Air remained the only airline Friday to cancel flights for storm-related reasons as Hurricane Ana bore down on the Hawaiian Islands. The local commuter said it was canceling 50 flights this weekend and Monday between Hono­lulu and Maui, Lanai and Kauai.

Even though Ana is expected to weaken as it passes the islands, public officials are still warning about the potential impacts of a powerful tropical storm.

After waiting nearly a week for the right weather to sail, crews aboard the Hokule'a and Hikianalia left the Samoan Islands on Thursday and launched the fourth leg of the Hawaii-based canoes' around-the-world journey.

Despite forecasts that show Tropical Storm Ana bypassing Hawaii island, shelters will open starting at noon Friday. The National Weather Service said Thursday that Ana might pass about 80 miles southwest of Hawaii island Friday night and Saturday.

A Japan Airlines flight had to return to Hono­lulu after a male passenger sexually assaulted a female passenger in the airplane's bathroom, the FBI said.

Activists on both sides of the genetically modified foods debate squabbled and taunted one another during last weekend's Maui Fair, organizers said. Fair banners and signs were tagged with bumper stickers, Maui Fair Alliance President Avery Chumbley told The Maui News.

A pilot fired from Cathay Pacific Airlines said he wore his former employer's uniform and badge to bypass security at Honolulu Airport. Joshu Osmanski, 39, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to unlawfully entering the secure area of an airport.

A former Hawaii prison guard traded his integrity for cash by taking bribes to smuggle drugs and cigarettes to inmates, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Former Halawa Correctional Facility guard Feso Malufau's financial problems made it easy for the "USO Family" gang to corrupt him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Brady said

Inmates who say they're being denied their right to practice their Native Hawaiian religion at a private prison in Arizona have won class-action status for a lawsuit.

A proposed moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in the county until companies complete environmental and public health studies to show their practices are safe.

One night several weeks ago, while on watch aboard the double-hulled voyaging canoe Hokule'a, navigator Kalepa Baybayan caught me not paying attention to the deck. Instead my eyes were glued to the sky.

The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work, and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.

Filmmakers and artists at Kauai Community College are getting a boost from new equipment that they can use to make documentaries about life on the island.

It's a challenge for Big Island ranchers to keep their cattle in the islands while beef prices climb to all-time highs on the mainland, a University of Hawaii livestock expert said.

Scientists plan to break ground on the summit of Mauna Kea next month to build one of the world's largest telescopes.

It is what the coves of Oahu must have resembled a century ago: a place teeming with rich, healthy, diverse marine life, where the sea floor remains visible 60 feet down.

It's eerily quiet on this tiny, uninhabited South Pacific atoll — almost no noise except for the aki­aki birds squawking in the trees and the wind rustling through the palms.

Seabird fledging season is beginning on Kauai, which means the island will host its last night football game of the season this weekend.

A new study says Hawaii has the worst-performing highways in the nation. The report by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Los Angeles, said Wednesday that Hawaii also has the least cost-effective highway system.

Calling 18 pounds of crystal meth­am­pheta­mine a huge amount of drugs, but taking into consideration the youth of the Los Angeles man who carried it in a backpack, a federal judge in Hono­lulu sentenced him to about four years in prison for his role in a Hawaii drug ring.

A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai.

A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops.

Burger King wants to dismiss a federal lawsuit alleging there were needles in a sandwich after the former soldier who made the claim didn't attend a settlement conference.

A new report on the nation's growing income gap finds that stagnant wages for most Americans have dampened consumer spending, and that's bad for states like Hawaii that depend heavily on sales taxes to keep their governments running.

The federal government has lost confidence that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will finish construction of its commuter rail on time. A new government report says there's a 50 percent chance that the project will be done by the end of 2019.

The voyaging canoes Hokule‘a and Hikianalia are on Swains Island this weekend after strong winds led navigators to detour from the original plan of journeying to Fakaofo, Tokelau.

During a picturesque drive along Upolu's northeastern coast last week, Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crews were hard at work cracking up one another — mostly with bad impressions of crew members — as their caravan neared the village of Faleapuna.

Tens of thousands of Army National Guard members from Hawaii to New Hampshire have been idled because of a $101 million gap that has led to drills being postponed and travel being suspended.

A judge is releasing a man acquitted of charges in a Kailua-Kona shooting, but on the condition he receives psychiatric care and treatment. Raymond Lee Robinson was acquitted earlier this week of 10 charges in the April 5 rampage in the parking lot of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.

The federal judge in Hawaii who threatened to deny $2.4 million in settlements for Thai farm workers has signed the agreements.

A California man pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a drug ring, admitting that he hid methamphetamine in a vehicle he shipped to Hawaii.

Crew members from the Hokule‘a and the Hikianalia were treated to a homecoming — Samoan-style — when they were invited by the paramount chief of the nearby village of Matautu on Monday to join in a traditional ava, or kava, ceremony.

Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.

A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval.

The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

Since leaving Hilo in late May, crews aboard two canoes shaped with ancient wisdom have covered more than 4,000 miles of Pacific blue.

The Maui Police Commission has received nearly 20 applications from those seeking to become the county's next police chief.

A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said last week in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

A former bellman at a Maui resort has been sentenced to 1 1⁄2 years in jail for stealing from guests' luggage and rooms. John Bueno pleaded no contest to charges of stealing jewelry, electronics and other valuables from March 2012 to February 2013 while working at the Grand Wailea.

Since becoming secretary of state in February 2013, John Kerry has carved out a deserved reputation as the ultimate road warrior. Before his current diplomatic trip, Kerry had traveled 519,136 miles to 51 countries, logging 230 travel days.

Hurricane Julio may be fast departing the Hawaiian Islands, but it posed an extreme hazard Sunday for a drifting sailboat with three people aboard some 400 miles northeast of Oahu.

Voters ousted two veteran legislators in the Democratic primary, House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla and Sen. Malama Solomon. Cabanilla took a drubbing at the hands of philosophy professor Matt LoPresti.

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