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Kahu Isaia Kealoha walks on the upper level outside of the new Hilo International Airport Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station sprinkling holy water with ti leaf to bless the facility. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

New Hilo International Airport fire station opens Friday (July 29)

The new $18.8M two-story facility features 21,000 square-feet of space for equipment and personnel.

The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater continuously circulates, with lava upwelling on one side of the lake and downwelling on the opposite side, often resulting in vigorous spattering (bright spot on left side of lake). As it circulates, sections of the dark-colored, semi-solid lake surface pull apart, revealing the incandescent molten lava beneath and creating the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle. This evening, the lava lake surface was about 26 m (85 ft) below the vent rim. The silhouette of Mauna Loa is visible in upper right. Photo taken Wednesday, July 27, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 28, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 70–85 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater

Less than 24 hours after first reaching the sea in the early morning hours of July 26, lava spilling over the sea cliff and into the ocean had started building a foundation of loose lava fragments on which a new lava delta can form. Lava deltas are extremely dangerous because they can collapse into the ocean without warning, triggering explosions that hurl rocks on and off shore, and sending waves of scalding water onto the coast. The area of active lava pouring over this sea cliff is about 20 m (66 ft) wide and the cliff is about 20 m (66 ft) high. USGS photo.

Volcano Watch: Beware the perilous beauty of lava entering the ocean

Four main hazards associated with lava flowing into the ocean include the sudden collapse of new land and adjacent sea cliffs into the ocean, explosions triggered by the collapse….

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Mayoral candidates forum in Hilo Wednesday (July 27)

Mayoral Candidates Forum at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale in Hilo, Hawaii.

The active lava flow on Kīlauea Volcano's south flank crossed the emergency access road in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park this afternoon around 3:20 p.m., HST, providing wonderful lava-viewing experiences for Park visitors. A section of the road can be seen here, with fume from the active lava tube in the far distance behind it, and the active flow front in the foreground. The flow front continued to advance, and was less than 100 meters (yards) from the ocean a few hours later (when this photo was taken). The lava flow reached the ocean about 01:15 a.m. July 26. Photo taken Monday, July 25, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō 61G lava flow crosses the coastal emergency road and enters the ocean

The 61G lava flow extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō entered the ocean, as of as of 1:12 a.m., Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016.

Spirit of Kona aground and sinking fronting Kailua Estates subdivision near Old Kona Airport Park Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo via USCG

Boat ‘Spirit of Kona’ runs aground and sinks near Old Kona Airport Park

The vessel reportedly has a maximum pollution potential of 600 gallons of diesel fuel aboard, commercial batteries and 19.5 gallons of hydraulic and lube oils.

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 3.7 cents per gallon the past week

July 25, 2016

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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HELCO restores power to all customers on Hawaii Island

July 24, 2016

Hawai‘i Electric Light has restored electric service to the remaining 100 customers in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Leilani Estates, Kapoho, Orchidland Estates, Honoka‘a, and Kailua-Kona who were impacted by high winds from Tropical Storm Darby.

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Sunday (July 24) 5 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch is cancelled for Hawaii County

July 24, 2016

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has cancelled the Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii County. At 6 a.m. Hawaii County Police report Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) at Kawa Flats is fully open to traffic.

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Hawai‘i Electric Light crews work to restore electric service in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

HELCO restores power to 900 customers, crews continue to work in the field

July 24, 2016

Overnight, Hawai‘i Electric Light restored electric service to 900 customers in various parts of Hāmākua, upper Puna, and Kona that were impacted by high winds from Tropical Storm Darby. About 100 customers in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Leilani Estates, Kapoho, Orchidland Estates, Honoka‘a, and Kailua-Kona remain without power.

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Tropical Storm Darby passes Hawaii Island, county facilities reopen today

July 24, 2016

Flash Flood Watch cancelled for Hawaii County and government offices will open as usual Monday (July 25).

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At 9:23 p.m. weather radar showed a large band of heavy rain moving onshore into the Ka‘u district of Hawaii Island from east of Volcano to South Point. The heavy rain will continue moving slowly to the northwest into upslope areas with rainfall rates of 2 to   3 inches per hour likely. The ground is already saturated in this area from earlier heavy rains. Excessive runoff is likely and Highway 11 at Kawa Flats may be vulnerable to closure due to flooding.

9:30 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii Island

July 23, 2016

At 9:23 p.m. weather radar showed a large band of heavy rain moving onshore into the Ka‘u district of Hawaii Island from east of Volcano to South Point. The heavy rain will continue moving slowly to the northwest into upslope areas with rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour likely. The ground is […]

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Hawaii Electric Light has busy day fixing power outages

July 23, 2016

Hawai‘i Electric Light has been responding to outages due to high winds from Tropical Storm Darby. The majority of outages occurred on the east and north sides of the island and were caused primarily by fallen trees, tree branches, and tree bark contacting power lines. Customers in various parts of Puna, Hāmākua and Kohala experienced […]

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Tropical Storm Darby passes Hawaii Island

July 23, 2016

As of 11 p.m. HST Saturday (July 23) the center of Darby was located about 55 miles (85 km) west of Kailua-Kona moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17 km/h).

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Fire/rescue crews responded to a 1:59 a.m. alarm Saturday (July 23) for a structure fire in Kealia, South Kona.

Crews arrived to find a two story home engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the fire under control by 2:30 a.m. and it was declared out at 5:45 a.m.

Fire burns home in South Kona Saturday morning (July 23)

July 23, 2016

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 1:59 a.m. alarm Saturday (July 23) for a structure fire in Kealia, South Kona. Crews arrived to find a two story home engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the fire under control by 2:30 a.m. and it was declared out at 5:45 a.m.

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A faint double rainbow provided a beautiful backdrop for sluggish pāhoehoe lava oozing out from near the flow front this morning. Photo taken Friday, July 22, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVOThe flow was about 615m from the road and 760 m from the ocean.

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō 61G lava flow still active, about 0.45 miles from the ocean

July 23, 2016

The 61G lava flow extending southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō towards the coastal plain on Kīlauea’s south flank remains active. Yesterday, the flow was approximately 0.4 miles from the coastal emergency road and 0.45 miles from the ocean.

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First Hawaiian Bank Waimea branch closes due to Tropical Storm Darby

July 23, 2016

First Hawaiian Bank to close its Waimea Branch on the Big Island today, Saturday, July 23, 2016, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Darby. Hilo and Kona branches will remain open from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. today.

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Airlines to waive change fee for customers due to Tropical Storm Darby

July 23, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines to waive change fees due to Tropical Storm Darby Guests are advised to check www.HawaiianAirlines.com for the latest updates on scheduled flights. Effective immediately, guests holding tickets for travel to/from/via any point in Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines flights between July 22, 2016, through July 25, 2016, will be permitted a one-time reservation change […]

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