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Lava insurance paying off for Puna geothermal plant owner

The majority owner of the geothermal power plant idled by lava on Hawaii island recently reported that it is stuck with an initial $3 million revenue loss but expects further losses will be covered by insurance. Read More

Big Island residents hopeful pause in Kilauea Volcano flow will last

Scientists at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Friday downgraded the threat from Kilauea Volcano from the highest level of a “warning” to a “watch” following three weeks of decreasing activity. Read More

Volcanoes park sees increase in visits to less popular areas

The closure of the main area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has prompted more people to visit the less frequented Kahuku Unit, leading to more resources being directed into that area. Read More

Visitors to less popular area of Hawaii Volcanoes grow tenfold

The closure of the main area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has prompted more people to visit the less-frequented Kahuku Unit, leading to more resources being directed into that area. Read More

Volcano alert level for Kilauea lowered to watch

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has lowered the volcano alert level for ground-based hazards to a watch from a warning due to diminished eruption activity at the Kilauea summit and lower East Rift Zone. Read More
 
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Eruptive activity remains low at Kilauea summit and East Rift Zone

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Activity remains at reduced levels at the Kilauea summit as well as the Lower East Rift Zone, according to the U.S. Geological Survey this morning. Read More

Big Isle must face economic threats

As a tourism destination, Hawaii always enjoyed its cachet as an exotic location that’s safe and comfortable for visitors. Read More

Political snits snarl recovery from Big Isle eruption disaster

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke are out of line in their political bullying of Big Island officials trying to recover from an ongoing volcanic disaster that has crippled a major quadrant of the island. Read More
 

Big Island jewelry artist finds new start after Kilauea eruption

Irmalia Johnson lost her property and at least a third of her income to the ongoing Kilauea eruption, but her optimistic attitude speaks more of perseverance than loss. Read More

SBA has approved $25M in Kilauea disaster-related loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration said Friday it has approved more than $25 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents affected by the Kilauea eruption. Read More

SBA has approved $25M in Kilauea disaster-related loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration said today it has approved more than $25 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents affected by the Kilauea eruption. Read More

Volcano House reservation doesn’t mean hotel is open

Kokua Line has received several questions about Volcano House, the historic hotel overlooking Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater. It has been closed since mid-May, along with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, because of the eruption. Read More

4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Kilauea’s south flank

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported a 4.3 magnitude earthquake on the south flank of Kilauea at 6:51 a.m. today. There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii island. Read More
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Towns closest to Big Isle’s Kīlauea eruption struggle to attract visitors

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The Volcano Art Center, a nonprofit gallery and learning center inside the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, sold about $70,000 a month worth of artwork and other merchandise last year and was expecting 2018 to be even better. Read More
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Hawaii island’s visitor decline is felt throughout its communities

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News of a slowdown in the 3-month-old Kilauea volcanic eruption has brought a glimmer of relief to the Big Island’s tourism industry. Read More

Puna hurts Big Isle housing market; Kauai fares better

Two neighbor island housing markets moved in opposing directions last month as median home sale prices barely budged on Hawaii island but rose by double digits on Kauai. Read More
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Lava flow slows down — is it a pause?

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While there has been a significant slowdown in the surge of lava flowing from fissure 8 into the ocean the past few days, scientists said it is too soon to say yet whether it is coming to an end. Read More

Volcanoes National Park remains closed as Halemaumau Crater continues to grow

Although earthquakes decreased over the weekend, the majority of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a top attraction for the state, remains closed due to damage and will not be reopening any time soon. Read More

Teachers, students face a new normal in lava-ravaged areas

Glue sticks, composition notebooks and No. 2 pencils aren’t the only must-haves for the new school year at some Hawaii island campuses. Read More

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