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Scientific report on Kilauea eruption examines data

What triggered last year’s devastating eruption of Kilauea remains a mystery, but a new report by scientists who witnessed the historic event suggests a possible rupturing of a barrier within the volcano’s middle East Rift Zone may have opened the way for magma to reach populated areas in Lower Puna. Read more

Lawmakers advance Hawaii island disaster aid package

House lawmakers Friday approved a lava and flood disaster aid package for Hawaii County that includes $20 million the county can use as the local match for federal disaster assistance, and another $40 million in loans from the state to the county. Read more

Highway repairs in Volcano to require lane closures

State transportation officials said one eastbound lane of Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in Volcano will be closed at Mile Marker 29.3, starting today, to continue emergency surface repairs due to seismic activity at Kilauea. Read more

Parade and lava museum revive hopes for Pahoa’s future

Saturday’s eclectic Pahoa Holiday Parade — the 25th to run down Pahoa Village Road through the heart of the small rural town — carried the hopes of a community still struggling in the aftermath of Kilauea Volcano’s destructive eruption this year. Read more

Column: Flower industry rebuilds from Kilauea

We have seen demand steadily grow over the years. Our primary objective now is to get our farmers who lost everything back on their feet so they, too, can supply that growing demand. Read more

Access to Kilauea’s fissure 8 dividing Leilani Estates

The issue of what comes next for the beleaguered residents of Leilani Estates continues to divide a community worried about the possibility of busloads of tourists pouring in to gawk at Kilauea volcano’s most productive and famous outlet — fissure 8. Read more

Under pressure, Hawaii County officials look to grant lava access

A checkpoint blocking public access to Leilani Estates will remain in place for at least another month while officials search for ways to give visitors a safe and legal way to see the lava field and 300-foot cinder cone left behind from Kilauea Volcano’s most active hot spot, Mayor Harry Kim told the Honolulu Star- Advertiser on Monday. Read more

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