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Hurricane Watch issued as Lane approaches Hawaiian Islands USGS photo and video takes a close look into Fissure 8 Monday (Aug 20) Talk-story sessions being held to discuss the future of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kilauea Eruption: Volcano still fairly quiet, Civil Defense discontinues daily updates Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 16, 2018 Volcano Watch: Submarine Kīlauea also impacted by recent events on the volcano
 
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Hurricane Watch issued as Lane approaches Hawaiian Islands

Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Lane is a category 4 hurricane.

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USGS photo and video takes a close look into Fissure 8 Monday (Aug 20)

The activity deep within Fissure 8’s cone is an indication that the lower East Rift Zone eruption may be paused rather than pau (over).

Impassable earthquake damaged Crater Rim Drive past Keanakakoi. NPS Photo

Talk-story sessions being held to discuss the future of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Most of the park, except the Kahuku Unit, has been closed due to increased volcanic and seismic activity since May 11. Saturday, August 18 marks the 100th day of the closure.

Photo taken Wednesday, August 15, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Volcano still fairly quiet, Civil Defense discontinues daily updates

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that activity on the lower east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano has diminished and remained quiet for over a week. The only surface activity is a small, crusted lava pond inside the fissure 8 cone, and a few areas along the coast where lava is entering the ocean. Sulfur dioxide […]

Thermal image of the Pahoa-Kalapana Road (Route 130) at mile-marker 14.5 where metal plates cover steaming cracks on the roadway. The temperatures are relative to ambient temperature in the area so you must look at the temperature readings and not just the colors/shades alone. Images captured August 10, 2018 courtesy of the County of Hawaii

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 16, 2018

Activity on Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone and at the summit of the volcano remained greatly diminished this past week.

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Volcano Watch: Submarine Kīlauea also impacted by recent events on the volcano

A group of scientists from Western Washington University, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island deployed 12 ocean bottom seismometers on the submarine Kīlauea south flank in July.

Fire burns Hawaiian Paradise Park home Monday morning (Aug 20)

August 20, 2018

Fire crews responded to a 9:05 a.m. alarm Monday (Aug 20) to the corner of Paradise Drive and Beach Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park for a structure fire. Crews arrived to find a two-story home with a fire and smoke in the bottom floor workshop/garage area. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:22 a.m. […]

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As Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii high surf closes some beach parks

August 20, 2018

Lane is a powerful category 4 hurricane. A Hurricane Watch may be required for portions of the main Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday.

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Coast Guard sets Hawaii commercial ports to condition X-Ray ahead of Hurricane Lane

August 20, 2018

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port set port condition X-RAY for the Big Island ports and port condition WHISKEY for Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kauai ports as of 11 a.m. Monday in advance of Hurricane Lane. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the […]

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Pair of women dine-and-dash skipping out on Hilo restaurant bill

August 20, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating a Theft that was reported on Wednesday evening at a restaurant on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo. At approximately 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, (August 15), two unidentified female parties entered the restaurant and ordered numerous meal items. After consuming their ordered meals, both female parties left the restaurant making no attempt to […]

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The Volcano fire station is relocated back to its district

August 20, 2018

The Volcano Fire Station (Station – 19), including the Fire Engine and Ambulance, has been relocated back to the Volcano District effective Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. at a temporary location. The temporary station is at a residence located at 19-4213 Haunani Rd in Volcano and will remain there pending assurance from the […]

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Lightning strikes spark 350 acre brushfire in Kona Sunday (Aug 19)

August 20, 2018

Fire/rescue crews responded to 2:04 p.m. alarm Sunday (Aug 19) to a site seven miles up Hokukano Ranch Road in Kealakekua for a brush fire on private ranch land. Crews arrived to find two moderate sized brush fires that totaled about 50 acres. Light winds caused the fires to merge into one fire. The remote […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 1.6 cents per gallon the past week

August 20, 2018

Gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.97/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.1 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.82/g, according to GasBuddy.

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Hurricane Lane forecast to pass Hawaii this week, residents should prepare

August 19, 2018

Lane is forecast to pass south of Hawaii Island this week, potentially causing local impacts as it tracks west-northwestward.

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Hurricane Lane enters the Central Pacific at category 4 strength

August 18, 2018

Lane is forecast to pass south of the main Hawaiian Islands Wednesday and Thursday, potentially causing local impacts as it tracks west-northwestward.

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Stene: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should seek Federal funds to fix damaged roads

August 18, 2018

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park wants to reopen the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park eventually. The first step in this process is the reconstruction of the park’s heavily damaged roadway infrastructure

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Lane strengthens to major category 4 hurricane

August 17, 2018

Lane continues to move toward the west-northwest or 285 degrees at 14 kt, steered by the trade winds south of the subtropical high. Hurricane Lane’s maximum winds are reported to be 130 mph.

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Fire destroys home in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision Friday (Aug 17)

August 17, 2018

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 1:43 p.m. alarm Friday (Aug 17) to 15-336 Kahakai Blvd in Hawaiian Beaches for a structure fire. Crews arrived to find a single-story home engulfed in flames with fire and heavy smoke throughout the structure. A neighboring home on the mauka side of the property was in danger of catching […]

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

The ‘Ōhiʻa Challenge offers a cash prize for a solution to the destructive ROD invasive fungi

August 17, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior offices and agencies are working in partnership with others on the ‘Ōhiʻa Challenge, named after a Hawaiian legend that tells of the love and separation of the young couple ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua; Jealous of their love, the goddess Pele turned the warrior ʻŌhiʻa into a tree and Lehua into the […]

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Photo of Kahuku visitor "jumping for joy" in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park/NPS Photo by Janice Wei

Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park extends hours and programs

August 17, 2018

Starting Wednesday, August 15, the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will extend its operating hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., adding an additional hour each day Wednesday through Sunday. Entrance and all programs are free. Kahuku is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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