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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 2, 2015 Volcano Watch: Is Earth’s Neighbor Volcanically Active? Magnitude 5.2 earthquake southeast of Kīlauea Volcano Supreme Court of the United States rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 25, 2015 Volcano Watch: Map and newspaper archives help unravel the eruptive histories of Hawaiian volcanoes Vandals destroy fencing protecting native plants from invasive animals, repairs to cost over $100K Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 18, 2015 The Grassroot Institute Volcano Watch: Halema‘uma‘u Lava Lake of Old
 
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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 2, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Active flows are slowly covering and widening the flow field.

Is there volcanic activity on Venus? This artistic rendering shows how an erupting Venusian volcano might look. Image courtesy of the European Space Agency.

Volcano Watch: Is Earth’s Neighbor Volcanically Active?

Scientists who study Venus have demonstrated convincingly that the planet’s surface has been shaped by active tectonics and volcanic activity.

Seismic waveforms of the earthquakes on Saturday, June 27, 2015 via the USGS monitoring equipment.

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake southeast of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit Saturday (June 27)

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-5.2 earthquake beneath the Island of Hawaiʻi on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 10:10 p.m., HST.

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Supreme Court of the United States rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

Scattered breakouts remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō on the June 27th lava flow, but have not advanced significantly over the past month. This photo shows the farthest reach of active lava on the flow field today, which was about 8 km (5 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Minor brush fires were active where lava was entering forest. Photo taken Friday, June 19, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 25, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Active flows are slowly overplating and widening the flow field.

This 1891 map shows much of the saddle between Mauna Kea (at top of map) and Mauna Loa. Lava flows depicted as black irregular shapes in the lower half of the map were erupted from Mauna Loa, with labeled ages ranging from “ancient” to 1881. The Mauna Kea branch of the 1880–1881 lava flow, visible as a small, thumb-shaped flow at the bottom center of the map, sits atop the much larger 1855–1856 lava flow that also threatened Hilo. To see details of this extraordinary map, go to http://ags.hawaii.gov/survey/map-search/, enter "1718" in the "Registered Map No." box, and click "Search" to open the full resolution map. Map courtesy of Hawaii State Archives.

Volcano Watch: Map and newspaper archives help unravel the eruptive histories of Hawaiian volcanoes

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists extract as much insight as possible from historic accounts of eruptions, and then combine that information with current observations.

Protection of Hawaiiʻs Native Forest and Watersheds. DLNR Photo

Vandals destroy fencing protecting native plants from invasive animals, repairs to cost over $100K

Nearly two miles of ungulate proof fencing, surrounding the Pu’u Maka’ ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR), built in the early part of this decade, was recently cut and destroyed by vandals. Ungulate fencing is intended to keep feral goats, pigs and other invasive animals away from native plants.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for June 18, 2015

Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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The Grassroot Institute’s transparency initiative strives for open government

The Grassroot Institute’s finds Hawaii County a difficult place when it comes to open government and transparency. Video of their findings.

Looking southwest across the surface of Halema‘uma‘u lava lake on January 23, 1918. Jagged “crags” of stranded, solidified lava rise as much as 30 m (100 ft) above the surface of the lake. A natural levee separates the smooth surface of the active lava lake from overflows of pāhoehoe in foreground. Photo by Thomas A. Jaggar, Jr.

Volcano Watch: Halema‘uma‘u Lava Lake of Old

Although relatively new to most of us, churning lava lakes are certainly not new to Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Indeed, from 1823 through 1924, a lava lake (or lakes) was nearly always present in the caldera, generally inside Halema‘uma‘u.

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Amaral and Kerr are East Hawaii’s ‘Officers of the Month’ for June

June 25, 2015

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Detective Scott Amaral on Thursday (June 25) as one of two East Hawaiʻi “Officers of the Month” for June. Detective Jesse Kerr, who shares the award, was unable to attend the ceremony and will be recognized officially at a later date.

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Power outage hits 30K customers on Big Island Thursday (June 25)

June 25, 2015

Hawaii Electric Light reports that customers in various areas around the island experienced a power interruption this morning. An estimated 30,000 customers experienced a power interruption at about 10:20 a.m. when Hawaii Electric Light’s CT-4 unit tripped offline at the Keahole Power Plant. Automated load-shedding, which is necessary to protect the island’s power grid, was […]

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Man wanted for robbery, assault and theft turns himself in

June 25, 2015

A 28-year-old man who is being featured on the television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” has been arrested and charged with three offenses. Aaron Raymond Castro was arrested Monday after turning himself in at the Hilo police station. He was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $9,000. […]

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PTA to open several areas for bow hunting this weekend (June 27-28)

June 25, 2015

Army officials are opening several training areas for bow hunting, here, June 27-28, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Training areas 1-6, 9, 12-16, and the unfenced portion of training area 18, will be open for bow hunting of mammals only.

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Eleven adults were arrested by the Hawai‘i Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Wednesday, during a protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
 
The arrests are unfortunate, but the state’s number one priority is the safety of the people on Mauna Kea – from TMT workers to protestors who are exercising their first amendment rights to peaceably assemble and protest in a civil manner.

Governor’s office reports that TMT construction on hold for now

June 24, 2015

Eleven adults were arrested by the Hawai‘i Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Wednesday, during a protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. The arrests are unfortunate, but the state’s number one priority is the safety of the people on Mauna Kea – from TMT workers to protestors who […]

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Police are advising motorists to be on the lookout for survey teams standing along major Hawaiʻi Island streets and highways this Friday through Tuesday (June 26 through June 30).

Survey team to record seatbelt use of motorists on roadways

June 24, 2015

Police are advising motorists to be on the lookout for survey teams standing along major Hawaiʻi Island streets and highways this Friday through Tuesday (June 26 through June 30).

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Kona man arrested on Mauna Kea after blocking construction worker access

June 24, 2015

A 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning (June 24) after blocking access to construction workers who were en route to the summit of Mauna Kea to work on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Hawaiʻi Island police have released a Kailua-Kona woman who was arrested early Monday in connection with a domestic dispute that sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.

Kona man in critical condition, flown to Oahu for care due to cut arm

June 24, 2015

Hawaiʻi Island police have released a Kailua-Kona woman who was arrested early Monday in connection with a domestic dispute that sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.

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Kona man is charged in connection with stolen truck and ATV

June 24, 2015

A Kona man has been charged with three offenses after a truck was stolen earlier this month. At 11:10 a.m. on June 14, a 61-year-old Kailua-Kona man reported that his pickup truck with an attached utility trailer had been stolen from an area near Hawaiʻi Belt Road and the Makalei Golf Course. Later that day […]

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The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Hawaii branch telephone lines (808-974-6207 and 974-6208) are experiencing technical difficulties and unable to receive calls. 
Anyone who needs to contact the DOCARE Hawaii Branch should call 808-974-6209.  It's not known how long it will take to make repairs and we will follow-up with an alert once the lines are operable.

DLNR having problems with phone lines, provide alternate phone number

June 23, 2015

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Hawaii branch telephone lines (808-974-6207 and 974-6208) are experiencing technical difficulties and unable to receive calls. Anyone who needs to contact the DOCARE Hawaii Branch should call 808-974-6209. It’s not known how long it will take to make repairs and we will follow-up with an alert once […]

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OMKM hosting open houses (June 23-25)

June 22, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE The Office of Maunakea Management will be hosting public open houses in Kona, Hilo and Waimea to gather community input on suggested administrative rules for the University of Hawaii’s managed lands on Maunakea. In accordance with Hawaii State Legislature Act 132, the purpose for rules is to provide proper protection of the natural, […]

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During the week of June 15, 2015, through June 21, 2015, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 476 DUI arrests compared with 601 during the same period last year, a decrease of 20.8 percent.

Police DUI stats for the week of June 15-21, 2015

June 22, 2015

During the week of June 15, 2015, through June 21, 2015, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 476 DUI arrests compared with 601 during […]

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